The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

24 December 1778   Thursday
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24 December 1783   Thursday
Gustavus III, King of Sweden, arrives at Rome.

24 December 1812   Thursday

Between 4 and 5 this morning, a violent wind arose from W.N., which is settled into a very squally gale from NW. Clouds driven to leeward nearly clear. Thermometer at sunrise 40 degrees, rose by 1/2 past 12, when I returned rose[?] M.... to 46 degrees, yet the wind is most violent. The wind continued with dark clouds succeeding each other during the afternoon. Temperature falling gradually. SL came hither about dusk, brought the newspapers. They contain nothing remarkable which we have not seen before--tho the particulars of the campaign of the armies of the north under General Dearborne and the center under General Alex Smyth are detailed at greater length.

24 December 1997

web pages on the Bustum Hadriani
After seeing Tony’s geometric analysis of the Bustum Hadriani, I now envision a display of the complex at Quondam. This would be a comprehensive documentation of all the data pertaining to the complex. that is presently available: any textual references (ancient or modern), a detailed rendering of the program (labeled plan), references to the Dixon pages, the life vs. death axes, 3-D rendition (if I am lucky/industrious), contiguous element rendition, and, of course, Tony’s analysis.

24 December 2013
24 December

There are many instances where buildings delineated within the Ichnographia Campus Martius are presented together yet actually never existed at the same time. For example, the Amphitheatrum Statilii Tauri burned in the great fire of 64 A.D., and the Columna apotheoseos Antonini Pii (depicted just right of the amphitheater) was erected in 162, and the Columna Cochlidos (depicted left and just behind the amphitheater) was erected in 192.

Similarly, the T[emplum] Pietatis and the Theatrum Marcelli are delineated together within the Ichnographia, yet the temple of Pietas was destroyed by Augustus in order to make room for the theater of Marcellus.

Of more interest, however, is that Piranesi also omitted buildings that should have been delineated within the Ichnographia. While the Sepulchrum Honorij Imp., the mausoleum built by the emperor Honorius circa 400, is within the Ichnographia, the building that the mausoleum was in actuality attached to, the basilica of St. Peter built by the emperor Constantine circa 330, is not delineated within the Ichnographia.

To: James Adam
From: Robert Adam
Date: 13 September 1755
[I] got [Piranesi] to finish the whole of Rome and to publish it alone without joining it in a book whose principal dedication was to my Lord Charlemont, which made mine less regarded, whereas mine being sold separate all the world will purchase it and have no other name to detract from the honour of the intention.

Within the first volume of Le Antichità Romane are a series of plans of ancient Rome: baths of Titus, topographical map, barracks of Tiberius, baths of Caracalla, nymphaeum of Nero, baths of Diocletian, Forum Romanum, Capitoline Hill. When combined with the Ichnographia Campus Martius these plans constitute an almost complete plan of ancient Rome.

24 December 2022   Saturday

13:07     SL
Hi Elizabeth and Tony, yes Merry Christmas! Thanks for calling. I'm a bit tired this morning, but I'd still like to call you later today (sometime after 3) or tomorrow or whenever is good for you. Let me know when would be good for you.

13:33     EM
Hi Steve - it would be great to talk. Between 3 and 3:30 is best as then we leave for Tony's brother. Or up until 4ish, we can talk from the car. Tomorrow is hard to predict. Maybe we could talk from the car around 1pm or so?    

13:44     SL
Hi, I'll try between 3 and 3:30, even if it's just for a little bit.

13:53     EM
Great! He can't really talk for long anyway so it'll be perfect.

It was Tony who translated Vincenzo Fasolo's "Il Campo Marzio di G. B. Piranesi" back in April 1997. An incredible boost in my learning about Piranesi's Campo Marzio."

We did all talk, a lot, surprisingly, about various ways of working at artistic dexterity, with lots of light bulbs turning on in our heads as well. Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Oh what a joy.

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