The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

8 January 1778   Thursday
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8 January 1783

Sections, showing the stably substituted scene, and the front of the auditorium, and the curtain of the temporaria
Figure I. Section on the line of the entrance to the Orchestra, showing the front of the stable scene.
Figure II. Section similar to the previous one to show the Hall and the Curtain of the Temporaria or mobile Scene.
Figure I. A. Portico supplied around the Scene. B. Entrances to the Orchestra, with its adjacent parts, already described in the previous Table Figure I. C. Piano of the Orchestra with antique yellow marble floor, which was covered with wood or Scenic Playgrounds. D. Hyposcenium, or front of the pulpit with niches with tripods, and ares for the deities. E. Communication ladders between the Pulpit and the Orchestra. F. Statues of Nonius Balbus and Appius Claudius Pulcro at the entrance to the Scena. G. Stable scene made up for by clues from the ruins. H. Hemicycle in the middle of the Scene, with Door, which Vitruvius names Aula Regia, because it had to show the external part of the same. The use of this Scena was restricted to those actions, that there was no need for the mobile Scene, and it was decorated with festoons, garlands, and other similar light ornaments, alluding to the representations, which were not Scenics.
Figure II. A. Front of the Auleo. B. Curtain, or curtain lowered. C. Arco della Fornice closed by the curtain, which when raised revealed the mobile Scene according to the variation of the subjects, which were represented.
Francesco Piranesi dis. and inc.

8 January 1812   Wednesday

Wind came again from NW in the night. Morning clear, clouds ...... up and it was cold. I dined in Mulberry Street, left town at 4, stopped to see Dr. Hunt but he was abroad. Reached home about 6pm. Therm. here am 33° rose to 39°.

8 January 1998
Porticus Neronianae - crucifixion of St. Peter
Because of the Michelangelo painting within the Vatican's Pauline Chapel it is certain that Piranesi was aware of the St. Peter reverse (inverted) crucifixion tradition. This lead to further interpret the Porticus Neronianae on the axis of Life as not only an inversion of the basilica of St. Peter's, but, more to the point, the porticus symbolizes the inverted crucifixion of St. Peter. Furthermore, because the porticus carries Nero's name, there is also the connection of Nero as Antichrist, and thus the inversion theme intensifies. I am now thinking that this very building (the Porticus Neronianae) carries an essential meaning for the entire Ichnographia plan, for all the above reasons plus for the fact that within the porticus' plan itself there is a significant switch in the way the walls are composed--the nave of the porticus is of a traditional layout of piers, yet in the transept the walls take on a very unique formation that generates a distinct pattern of solid and void. This methodical shift from solid to void is in and of itself a notation (demonstration, mark) of an oscillating or perpetual inverssion process. This plan as pattern is also perhaps a proto-sign of what might be called Piranesian, i.e., a type of planimetrics that is original to Piranesi and perhaps a prototype of his unique planning "style," which in turn proliferates throughout the Ichnographia.

8 January 2005
many ideas (so not to forget)
1. ignudi in west pediment; CAD model rendering
2. St. Stephen / tsunami ends The Odds of Ottopia.
3. tsunami (free wave form) architecture?
4. sell the Stotesbury bathroom marble on eBay.
5. a couple “Artifacts of Ottopia” are not yet recorded (see desk).
6. sort out via notes all the new circus/basilica date as it relates to the two versions of the Ichnographia; start some CAD drawings as well.
7. sort out via notes all the new Ichnographia “erinerung” and “triumphal bridge” data as it relates to “De Spectaculis II” which is slated for 14 May 2005, in honor of the “two states” discovery.
8. “Nudist Camp” is slated for 20 March 2005 because the Naked/Nude tour began with Spring stained glass; see note 1.1 above as well.
9. begin 3d rendition of Romaphilia.
10. compile a list of all the books I’ve read over the last week.
11. I just remembered I’m scheduled to go to the Barnes Foundation tomorrow.
12. compose/compile a virtual sculpture (cad surface) exhibit for the Calder park within Romaphilia.
13. Is there such a phenomenon as “Duchamp’s effect on Philadelphia?”; Demos goes “geopolitical” where as I am “local”.

8 January 2007
I'm eating some butternut squash right now.
I'm reading quite a bit about Henderson, KY like 200 years ago. Hard to believe that the passenger pigeon was ultimately squashed out of existence.

8 January 2023   Sunday


The Sepulchr. Honorij Imp., tomb of emperor Honorius, within the Ichnographia Campus Martius, actual location-wise, is right next to the statue of Constantine at the base of the Scala Regia. This could be sheer coincidence, or not.

Piranesi's health was a significant issue already at the beginning of 1778, hence commencement of the composing of the text eventually published by Francesco as Calcographie des Piranesi, ou, Traité des arts d'architecture, peinture et sculpture : développés par la vue des principaux monumens antiques et modernes, Paris, 1804--the legacy collection.

I need to find the 'origin' of Francesco's Circus of Caracalla vault and wall decoration print.

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