The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

28 May 1778   Thursday
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32 y.o. Francesco Piranesi   1 August 1790
Raccolta de'Tempj antichi, Vol. II.

Member of the Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture of Stockholm.
In Roma
1 August 1790.

28 May 1812   Thursday

dark .....[?] clouds, wind S, temperature 60°. Light round the horizon from S round to WNerly. Temperature at 12 70°. I go to town via Wakefield. It began to rain when we were rising the hill at Rowland's Mill, and continued till our arrival at W Fisher's, dined there. P.M. went to town, left my baggage[?] at SL and rode on some errands. Caught in a very heavy shower which came from W and NW. Rainy evening.

28 May 2002
Re: old sites apposed with a new rite
Coincidentally, it was in the lower, archeological section under the nave of St. Gudule, Brussels on the last Saturday of November 1999 that I first thought of the notion that recently led me to write, "What I find interesting though, is that at least the sites and the days remain special. Kind of makes you wonder if the specialness is there regardless of what 'cloak' presently dresses it."
Could it be that my thinking was somehow enhanced the night before while having dinner at the top of the Atomium? Could it be that the Atomium is the most oversized reenactment presently on this planet?

28 May 2003
Re: story telling
Piranesi very much utilized/executed a 'narrative' approach to design via the Ichnographia Campus Martius, which predates Cooper Union/Hejduk by about two centuries. Moreover, Piranesi's approach may well have been inspired/influenced by the mnemonic design methodology of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, which comes from 1900 years ago. Story telling/weaving/fabricating (like the above) is a very basic form of reenactionary architecturism.
Is reenactionary architecturism essentially an architecture that does not forget?

28 May 2016

Virtual Painting 275

Virtual Painting 284

Virtual Painting 288

28 May 2020

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 90 91 92 93 94

28 May 2022   Saturday
The discovery of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's final project occurred 28 May 2022, late that Saturday night when again I was rehearsing an imaginary interview, with Orhan Ayyüce elseplace conducting. "The erasure and re-etching of the Circus Maximus plan within the 'Pianta dell antico Foro Romano' clearly exhibits completeness and a job well done, whereas the erasure and re-etching of all the circus plans within the 'Ichnographia Campus Martius' exhibits incompleteness and a job somewhat poorly done, yet together, all these erased and re-etched circus plans point toward a work-in-progress interrupted by Piranesi's death . . . [and then it dawned on me] . . . hence the inadvertent manifestation of Piranesi's final project!"

Circus Maximus
first state

Circus Maximus
second state

Circus of Caligula and Nero
first state

Circus of Caligula and Nero
second state

As a title, "The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project" definitively précises all the research and thinking having been done to figure out why and when Piranesi erased and re-etched all the ancient Roman circus plans he had already drawn/etched and published. The trajectory of all the study and investigation, in one fell swoop, became obvious and clear. It was now time to collect all the essential imagery and commit the explanatory-scenarios-in-my-head to text.

28 May 2023   Sunday
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