The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

6 May 1778   Wednesday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

Dedicated to the Friendship of the Ill(ustrissimi)mo. Dear Abbot Fr Peter Grant
lover of fine arts
In deed of respect the Cavalier Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D. D. D.
Ancient marble cenerary, which can be seen in the Pontifical garden on the Quirinal. The inscription, which can be seen in the middle, is supported by a festoon carried by two winged genj who rest on hornocopies, in which are stems, grape fronds surrounded by birds which it seems they are intent on biting. The she-wolf who attacks the wild boar seems to want to get out of that intrigue of the festoon. These animals in the present subject seem to want to allude to the human vicissitudes of man's life.
Cavaliere Piranese designed and engraved

26-27 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1785
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Life-size bronze statue of a young Athlete who may have won a course, showing that he injured his foot in the course. It can be admired on the Campidoglio in the Palazzo dé Conservatori
To Mr. Guglielmo Parsons English Knight Great Lover of Fine Art
Francesco Piranesi D.D.D.
Ludovico Corazzari drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved 1785.

6 May 1812   Wednesday

Clouds in the SW, wind from NW. Temperature 40 rose before 9 to 56°, at 1/2 past 8 evening 57°. Algernon Logan came hither about 12 bringing a q... of printed memorials to the President and Congress on the subject of war, the copy of which I wrote and sent to Paulson's[?] paper last week; they are now printed be ...lneor Conrad & Co. and distributed for signature. About 9 PM a very strong light in the direction of the city illuminated the clouds to a great extent, but it did not continue long. Most probably brush or marsh set on fire. A second light seem about 9.

6 May 2005
Koolhaas versus the Actor
OK, I see what you mean, but....
There are many historical examples were architecture references itself, e.g., renaissance architecture referencing classical architecture, or even the second pyramid at Giza referencing the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Le Corbusier is just as much a reenactor as Stirling and the NY5 are reenactors. Le Corbusier reenacted machine forms and ship forms and American agricultural architecture forms. And Le Corbusier even ultimately reenacted himself--the Palais des Congrès (1964) reenacts the Villa Savoye (1929)
I don't buy the notion of there ever really being a split from the symbolic system. Degrees of separation, yes, but no real split.
Stirling is a consummate reenactionary architect, and he knew it, but he put most of his clues in his architecture only--although his entry for Roma Interrotta is an overt reference to Piranesi's Campo Marzio plan and reenactionary architecturism. Just as Rossi reenacted the Bustum Hadriani with the Modena Cemetery, but it doesn't look like he ever told Tafuri about it. Yes, Rossi was silent, as are most architects when it comes to telling others where their real 'originality' comes from.

6 May 2012
Help with Thesis: Memory and Urbanism
Sounds like you're headed toward Random Access Memory and Urbanism.

6 May 2015
Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans
At least give them something to really petition against.

6 May 2019

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 44 45

6 May 2023   Saturday
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