The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

2 April 1778   Thursday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

To Mr. Counselor Gio. Frederico Reiffenstein Lover of the fine arts
In act of friendship Cavalier Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi.
Marble Ancient Cenerary Urn, which contained the Burnt Ashes of Lucio Aurelio Terento, and of Cecilia Ticherna his Wife. The Owl demonstrates with its wings that it holds the Inscription with the Names of the Deceased Spouses, denoting by means of this Symbol, that these Persons were vigilant in the actions of human life, and prudent, also indicating it to us by the subordinate Sphinxes. The Skulls, the Paterae, and the Simpulo, which are carved on the Sides of this Urn, are Emblems alluding to their Religion. It is full of very fine and elegant Sculptures, and of Ornaments well intertwined in its place, which compose an architected and well-ordered Idea in its Whole. This was found in the year 1766. in the Garden of the Convent of the RR. PP. Celestini in S. Eusebio. Now it is kept in the Author's Museum.
Cav. Piranesi F.

24-25 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1783
Eruption of Mt Vesuvius 8 August 1779, Seen from the Ponte della Maddalena in Naples

Etching by Francesco Piranesi of drawing by Louis Jean Desprez, with hand-colouring by Louis Jean Desprez.

45-46 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1804
Calcography of the Piranesis

Plans, sections and details of the Mausoleum
of Augustus, at Campo-Marzio, beyond the Tiber,
of Adrian, facing the Tiber,
of the Domizia family, in Campo-Mazio.
The circular form adopted and followed for this type of monument makes knowledge of it invaluable. The division into several floors was supported by superb columns, adorned with statues, busts, bas-reliefs, bronzes, etc. There are in the basilica of Saint Paul, outside the walls, twenty-four magnificent marble columns, said Pavonazetto, and in one piece, taken by Constantine from the mausoleum of Adrian. Some authors claim that these same columns once adorned the temple of Minerva in Athens.
Plan, section and detail of the Curia nuova e vecchia.
Plan, section and details of the Ancient Roman Tabular. These two equally magnificent edifices, destined for the preservation of the laws and the public arts, are of interest to citizens.
Plans, sections and details of ancient buildings, recently discovered, and still unpublished.
Map of the Roman countryside, to better demonstrate the main public roads; their form, the solidity of their construction and their extension.
Via Appia; latin; Flaminia; Prenestine; Aurelia, etc. The demonstration of the two interior streets of Rome, the most famous, the Sacra and the Trionfale, discovered at the end of the last century.
A volume of 60 plates
A volume of dissertations.

2 April 1812   Thursday

Morning without a cloud, wind SW. Therm. 35. White frost and the ground slightly frozen. About 9 the wind drew to W Nerly. James planted yesterday 4 rows of Tokyhanna potatoes for an early crop; those planted last year had their tops withered before any others, hence we conclude they are an early kind. This morning we have harrowed[?] 4 b....... of the wheat in centerfield for an experiment; the orchard of SW field was rolled to level the weeds of last year; I drew 2 gallons of oil from the cask for the use of our lamps. Therm. rose to 56. Wind governed all the afternoon from SW Serly.

2 April 2018


2 April 2019

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hour 38

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hour 39

2 April 2023   Sunday
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