The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

5 July 1778   Sunday
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Artifacts of the Bianconi vs Piranesi 'Circus of Caracalla' affair   1772-1789

11. Piranesi was doing all kinds of things in 1775:
"On October 19, 1775, while visiting the excavations under way in Pompeii, the Dutch collector Arnout Vosmaer encountered Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vosmaer requested a drawing from Piranesi for inclusion in his album amicorum. The following January, when both men were back in Rome, Piranesi complied, presenting the Dutchman with a brilliant sketch depicting the Temple of Isis in Pompeii."
John A. Pinto, Speaking Ruins: Piranesi, Architects, and Antiquity in Eighteenth-Century Rome (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2012), p. 175.

46 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1804
Le Antichità della Magna Grecia   Parte I

Sepulchral inscriptions, and others, found in the factories adjacent to the gate of the city of Pompeii.
Drawn by G.B. Piranesi
Engraved by F. Piranesi Year 12 (1804)

5 July 1812   Sunday

Morning clear, wind NW, temperature at 7 76°. Wind drew to WSerly and the air became very warm. Before Meeting was the burial of a daughter of Edward Edwards attended by a large company which crowded the House. J Carmult, S Wilson and J Shoemaker appeased[?] us exhortations and the latter in prayer. After Meeting William Sansom informed me that yesterday passed in town without disturbance or illumination in the evening. A gentle breeze from about W kept the air in motion but temperature rose to 93+. We expected SL out today, but none came.

5 July 2001
Re: Piranesi Campo Marzio in 2 states
Dear Stephen Lauf,
I was fascinated to find your e-mail message regarding your new work on Piranesi's 'Ichnographia' on my return from teaching and researching in Italy.
First of all, I must congratulate you on what appears to be a remarkable discovery. I was certainly unaware of another version of the plan although I recall Hind's mention of the existence of the Ashby volume (probably still in the possession of the British School at Rome where he was Director). Naturally, I look forward to the publication of your work on the Ichnographia in August 2001 and, naturally, with regard to what you term 'lines of mutual respect', will treat in strict confidence anything you care to mention in advance.
My intention in publishing the Complete Etchings was not only to make Piranesi's amazing range of achievements easily available to a variety of disciplines and enquirers but to encourage further research and new discoveries like your own. I have never imagined that I had drawn the line below a definitive list of graphic works but one has to establish the 'core' corpus, even if there are bound to be discoveries in the future.
In the meantime, I imagine you will already be familiar with my 1983 paper on the 'Ichnographia', delivered at the Venice Piranesi Bicentenary conference in 1978. If you cannot get access to it, I would be delighted to send you a photocopy if you let me have your address in due course.
With best wishes,
John Wilton-Ely

5 July 2020

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 127 128

5 July 2023   Wednesday
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