The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

1 February 1778   Sunday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume I

Drawing of a ceiling distributed in various stucco compartments which can be seen in one of the very large rooms in the Villa Adriana.
DE. Moldings in a larger form, which in the Ceiling refer to Letters A C.FG. Moldings, which refer to Letters A B in the Ceiling.

1 February 1812   Saturday

Morning thick clouds except a streak in the N and E horizon, very light air from W. Therm. 33°+. Ground frozen 1 1/2 inch deep then 2 1/2 unfrozen to .... old frost. About 9 wind drew to NE and propelled the clouds before it. At 10 clear round the sun for a few minutes. A clear bull's eye in the north made its appearance which by 1 PM extended to the sun and carried all the clouds to the south. Therm. rose to 40+. The afternoon ............ clear and of vernal mildness. The newspapers for many weeks have had relations from many places of earthquakes on December 16th about 2 and 3 o'clock AM. In many of these it appears that this was felt very severely at Charleston S.C. in N.C. and Virginia along the sea coast. Other accounts came from the island towns. The papers I received this evening extend the accounts to the westward, Kentucky, the rivers Ohio and Mississippi down to fort Massac[?]. It appears to have come from the westward where it was felt most severely and more early in the morning and to have traveled eastward. Some of the accounts are very awful. One writer of a letter on his way down the Mississippi relates the falling in of the bluffs. S...... of islands and raising the sunken logs in tremendous colours and fears the destruction of some places lower down and especially of New Orleans. Other account from Annapolis in Maryland and parts adjacent and from the western parts of New York speak of a severe shock on January 2nd, while accounts from almost all parts announce continued destructions big fire[?], a second at Richmond.

1 February 2004

Pullover Pullover


1 February 2005
Epic 2014/Googlezon
"In the future, everything will be an advertisement."

1 February 2008
who wants to poche?

animated poché 1999.1

animated poché 1999.2

1 February 2011
Umberto Eco's The Limits of Interpretation is almost completely available online. I've read half of it over the beginning of winter holidays, and plan to read the rest soon. As mentioned above, I see the texts of pages 54-62 germane to a critique of Aureli's "Instauratio Urbis: Piranesi's Campo Marzio versus Nolli's Pianta di Roma":
"...a convenient opposition between interpreting (critically) and merely using a text. To critically interpret a text means to read it in order to discover, along with our reaction to it, something about its nature. To use a text means to start from it in order to get something else, even accepting the risk of misinterpreting it from the semantic point of view."
Eco, p. 57.
Aureli and Eisenman use Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius as a defense of their own beliefs of autonomous and/or absolute architecture, and indeed manifest misinterpretations (e.g. "Piranesi reinvented Rome as a city without streets.", Aureli, p. 137.) because they continue to ignore critical interpretations that have manifest many discoveries as to the actual nature of Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius.

1 February 2021
page from 129 DIE IN JET!

page from 129 DIE IN JET!

1 February 2023   Wednesday

Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume I

Demonstration of an ancient marble tablet of the form of a circus.
Demonstration of the level, and course of the Water
Scenography of the Spina of this Circus
Section of the spine of the circus with the addition of the ornaments which used to be established in the middle of the spine
Geometric plan of an ancient marble tablet of the form of the circus, found near the ruins of an ancient circus in Boville, a place now known as the Frattocchie di Albano. It represents a Circus, in which a Fonte aguisa of the Meander River of Phrygia flowed. A. Pipe from which the Water came that pushed the Tiles into the inclined Canal B. C. Prisons, i.e. places, from which the Tiles were launched D. Bottom hole, or Emissary of the Water
Perspective of the Table, and placements, which show that they supported the Ornati usually planted in the Spina del Circo: The Marble Volutes can also be seen along the course of the Tesserae, up to the last Meta
[Francesco Piranesi]       1778?

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