The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

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

Ancient marble frieze with Hypogriffs can be seen in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Valle in Sant'Andrea called della Valle.
Another frieze, seen in the Villa Borghese outside Porta Pinciana.
Cavalier Piranesi F.

25-26 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1784
Le Antichità Romane

The footsteps of the eternal city
by the knight Giovanni Baptista Piranesi already cut in bronze plates
now again
with those that remained to be consummed[?], and those that were newly discovered
embellished and enhanced
Francesco, son of the knight
Gustav III
King of the Goths, Swedes, and Vandals
wise, strong, and excellent
of antiquity
and the most munificent patron of the good arts
an example of an obedient and grateful spirit
He gave a gift and dedicated it

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

Tusculum, ancient and modern.
The work will make known the situation, the excavations which have been made, the plan, the elevation, the views of the pleasure houses, so famous and the buildings erected with as much luxury as research by the various pontiffs. It will not be difficult to point out that the best artists in the sixteenth century sought to surpass themselves, as much in composition as in architecture, decoration, etc.
Un volume contenant 60 planches
Un volume d’explications, etc.
Antiquities of Preneste.
21 vol. divided into 8 Sections. I Section.
Plan, section and detail of the famous Temple of Fortune Prenestine. Its famous mosaics, sculptures, bas-reliefs, etc.
General situation of all the other antiquities that have been discovered there.
A volume containing 6o plates
A volume of dissertations, etc.
Gabium Antiquities on the Prenestine Way.
Section II.
General plan of the newly discovered city.
Particular plans, sections, details of buildings of all kinds recently discovered, statues, bas-reliefs, inscriptions, busts, etc.
A volume containing 80 plates
A volume of dissertations.
Antiquities of Tivoli (formerly Tiburtine town).
Section III.
Demonstration of the gate of the ancient city.
Another demonstration of a new gantry.
Plans, divisions and details of the villa of Maecenas, Quintilius Varius, and many others still unpublished. These amazing buildings with their vast extent, were built on enormous masses (susstruzzioni) of square stones, covered with a tint, the color of carmine, like Cicero in mentioned. It is in one of these villas that were found the nine Muses and the busts of the philosophers which enrich the Museum Napoleon today.
Demonstration of the villas of Horace and Pliny.

5 April 1793
George Washinton approves Dr. William Thornton's plan for the Capitol at Washinton, D.C.

5 April 1812   Sunday

Morning thick fog, wind from SE. Therm. 46°. Roads to and especially from Meeting dry and dusty. Therm. rose this afternoon nearly to 70°. Wind came fresh from SW about 10 AM and drew in the afternoon to W Nerly. S and SL left us about 5. Sun shining through the haze with a fiery face though[?]. Therm. rose to 69° and at sunset 66° and now 8 PM is at 61°. A dead calm, no star visible.

5 April 1998
Piranesi’s Campo Marzio: from beginning to end
...a hyper essay whose underlying theme is the Campo Marzio’s beginning and its end. This concerns the notions of origins and demise, rise and fall, the great span of time, extremes and means, reenactment, and inversion. At the core of the essay will be the notion of chronology, but not just a chronology of Rome as a city and its individual buildings, but also the beginning and end of the Campo Marzio text (and illustrations), and, furthermore, the beginning and the end of my own investigation and research.
...the alpha-omega theme allows inclusion of all the diverse and complexly related issues. Above all, it will get me started by simply allowing me to start at the beginning. experimental document. Indeed, Piranesi’s own method of narrative with twists and turns and inversions will be a guide. ...not a meaningless “bricolage.” In fact, a proof that the Ichnographia is precisely not a meaningless “bricolage.”

5 April 2015

Virtual Painting   199

Virtual Painting   200

5 April 2017

5 April 2023   Wednesday
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