The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

14 January 1778   Wednesday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume I

Two urns and three cinerary vases with the objects found in them.
To Mr. Francesco Dickins English Knight lover of the fine arts.   In deed of respect the Knight Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D. D. D.
A.B. Two ancient marble cinerary urns decorated with very fine carvings and arabesques. They were found in the ancient sepulchres of Siena. These urns were bought by Cavalier Cavaceppi Scultore. and transported to Rome, and today they are in England. Cinerary vase C. was found in the year 1760. in an estate of the Germanic College called S. Maria di Galera; inside which was found the Lucerne F. the Golden Chain. and the Needles from the head of ivory, with many of the burnt bones inside. The other two vessels are at present in England.
Cav. Piranesi F.

14 January 1812   Tuesday

Sun rose clear, soon got under clouds, Wind round to S mild. Therm. 25°. T. Longstreth came hither about 11; he brought a letter from his brother giving an acct. of the decease of TL Winthrop January 11 about 11 am. His father had arrived from Boston about 3 hours before his death; saw him and had a few words of conversation with him; he was buried yesterPM in a vault in Christ Church yard with a view to remove his body at some future day. I closed my letter of 3 sheets to Redwood with this intelligence of his friend; I take it & one of 5 sheets to Miers to town to send as Conveyance via London. Redwood is under cover to Amy[?] Cornwall and C...., Miers to Bainbridge & Brown. The air from the S is as mild as May (to our feelings now for 3 weeks issued[?] to extreme cold) and therm. now 3 PM is at 46°. On my way to town the road presented an unusual appearance for the season. The road dusty and soft as summer, where banks of snow lay, it was melting, but in general it seems like an autumnal ride. I reach town in 100! Visited my son Samuel, Dr. Griffitts family--my Brothers--calls at TG's ..... left a card at C. H..... Spent an agreeable hour with Mayt. Craig where I read Miers’ letter of Sept. 7/19th much to the satisfaction of him and his children. I got to Mulberry Street 1/2 past 9. Therm. here reports to have risen to 42°. I walked the city without my S...out[?] and suffered nothing from ...

14 January 2004
Re: elliptical fluency
Licinius and Constantia are not represented within The Marriage of Constantine and Fausta. Only second-guessing scholarship says so. And the two figures on the left are not oblivious.

14 January 2015

Virtual Painting 051

14 January 2023   Saturday

There is a correlation between Piranesi's discovery of the most refined ancient Roman circus plan and Francesco's presence at the beginning of modern archaeology--a sort of one hand washes the other. In a very real sense, it was the refinement that Francesco brought to field survey work that engendered Piranesi's late discovery in the first place. Their styles of field survey work differed for sure: the father rendering the actual as double theater while the son rendered the actual as real.

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