The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

17 December 1778   Thursday

A B Vuë des deux restes de rangs de Colonnes qui étoient au Temple de Neptune qui lateralement formoient les Portiques dans la Celle, et soutenoient le Comble de l'édifice. Cette Vuë ci ne presente pas les Murailles de la Celle qui sont ruinées. C D Colonnes de promenoirs du Temple. E Creux qui recevoient les Solives du toit.     Cav. Piranesi F.
A B View of the two remains of rows of Columns which were in the Temple of Neptune which laterally formed the Porticoes in the Cell, and supported the Roof of the building. This View does not present the Walls of La Celle which are ruined. C D Columns of Temple walkways. E Hollows that receive the roof joists.

17 December 1812   Thursday

Morning clear, clouds soon formed of light vapor. Wind NW gentle. Thermometer out 28 degrees, [Mars symbol] 56 degrees. Thick western front. Wind drew to W and drove the clouds leeward. Thermometer rose to 38 degrees, [Mars symbol] to 60 degrees. The afternoon sky very clear and the air very ..... I finished a long letter to Joshua Gilpin.

17 December 2002
Re: a Bemused Tadao Ando observation
Interesting how you relate the Museum of Literature to a kind of theme park. It could easily be said that Kahn's formal playfulness was inspired by Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius, an ultimate plan of an ancient Roman theme park if there ever was one.

17 December 2003
Chronology Piranesi
                1720 October 4
23 y.o.     1743 Prima Parte di Architetture
28 y.o.     1748 Alcune Vedute di Archi Trionfali
29 y.o.     1749 Carceri d'invenzione
30 y.o.     1750 Opera Varie di Architettura
33 y.o.     1753 Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto
36 y.o.     1756 Le Antichita Romane
41 y.o.     1761 Le rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Guilia
                1761 Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de'Romani
42 y.o.     1762 Lapides Capitolini
                1762 Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma
                1762 Descrizione e Disegno dell'Emissario del Lago Albano
44 y.o.     1764 Antichita d'Albano e di Castel Gandolfo
                1764 begins work on Santa Maria del Priorato
45 y.o.     1765 Osservazioni Sopra la Lettre de M. Mariette
46 y.o.     1766 Finishes work on Santa Maria del Priorato
49 y.o.     1769 Diverse Maniere d'adornare i cammini

17 December 2004

Calder Exhibition on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

17 December 2015
post your favorite Aldo Rossi here

17 December 2022   Saturday
The Pesto series nicely reflects each of the days the Piranesis last spent together at Paestum.

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