The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

25 August 1778   Tuesday
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Artifacts of the Bianconi vs Piranesi 'Circus of Caracalla' affair   1772-1789

Pierre-Adrien Pâris   circa 1804

48 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1806
Le Antichitŕ della Magna Grecia   Parte II

Perspective plan of the Capital which adorned the entrance to the house located opposite the Basilica, marked No. 13. at Pl. XLIV.
Drawn by G.B. Piranesi
Engraved by F. Piranesi Year 1806

25 August 1812   Tuesday

Morning misty clouds, wind W northerly, temperature 74°. Clouds soon broke, rose and disappeared and a hot sun broke out, temperature rose to 80°. About 1 S and SL arrived bringing me a letter from a Dr. F. Ridgely of Lexington giving me a very unfavorable account of the state of my son Samuel's health. At 1/2 past 1 P.S. Duponceau arrived, who was to accompany me to Easton as a committee of the Comm[?] of the Turnpike Road to meet at Gurlick's Hotel on the 27th inst.[?] I have other business also at Easton of some importance. I have considered as well as I could in the short time I have had, the propriety of my leaving home, and knowing nothing I could do by staying, for his comfort I concluded to go, hoping no inconvenience will arise and believing that having done my business there I may be more at liberty to write to and of my son upon my return, which I hope may be on Saturday evening[?]. We go to Willow Grove this evening, where the passengers breakfast tomorrow.

25 August 1977

25 August 1997
Campo Marzio - book
“Piranesi’s Imagination and the Fertility of Roman Architecture.”

25 August 2018

zero seven seven

zero seven eight

25 August 2018

Triumphal Way

25 August 2023   Friday

Started thinking that it's time for me to write about The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project from my own perspective: what it's been like, what it means to me, what it means to history and contemporary culture, etc.

It dawned on me that I first 'discovered' Piranesi's final project at its very end, in that the second state of the Ichnographia Campus Martius is the last thing that Piranesi ever worked on.

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