The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

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

Ancient vase that can be seen in the Villa of His Eminence Cardinal Alessandro Albani outside Porta Salara. Place this vase on a Tripod which is kept in the Capitoline Museum
To the most illustrious and most reverend Monsignor Giammaria Riminaldi Auditor of the Sagra Rota, lover of the fine arts
In deed of respect Cavalier Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Cavalier Piranesi del ed inc.

16 February 1812   Sunday

Morning dark clouds, wind E strong. Therm. 31° My wife and self both indisposed, my driver's hands both hurt and swollen. We concluded not to go to Meeting. At 11 it began to snow which seems likely to continue. We employed some time reading the Bible and the children (Jabez and his companion Hallowell) some portions of Cowper’s Task[?]. Snow, hail and sleet continued toll night. Therm. rose but little.

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16 February 2023   Thursday

Ichnographia Campus Martius   Tab. VII   first state

Was Francesco a wunderkind? Did Francesco provide Piranesi his most joy? I suspect the answer to both questions is yes.

Raccolta de' tempj antichi   Parti I

Four of the ancient temples
Pius VI pont max
For the good of the Christian people
and the success of the creative arts
by Francesco Piranesi
Dedicated to Rome
He would fulfill 6 public wishes. He laid the foundations of the New Vatican Shrine.
(before) the 22nd (calendar) of September 1776
A. Porphyritic lip
B. Province of Hungary
C. Leo hieroglyphics (letters)
from basalt

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