The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

6 September 1778   Sunday

Problem: The Circus Hadriani and the Circus Domitiae as depicted within the Il Campo Marzio frontispiece will cease to match the circus plans within the Ichnographia once those plans have been redesigned. Plus, the Circus Domitiae is a complete fabrication, not an actual "ancient circus" at all.
"What am I going to do about all this now?"
Laura assured her father that he will no doubt figure it all out, yet at the same time hoping it wouldn't come to that, because the last thing she wants to be doing is more erasing.

Artifacts of the Bianconi vs Piranesi 'Circus of Caracalla' affair   1772-1789
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48 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1806
Le Antichità della Magna Grecia   Parte II

Aspect of the Temple of Isis whose geometric demonstration has been supplemented in all the parts which are line-engraved, having indicated in chiaroscuro the existing parts.
Drawn by G.B. Piranesi
Engraved by F. Piranesi Year 1806

6 September 1812   Sunday

Morning thick clouds, wind NE easterly, temperature 62°. The storm continued but not so violent. Toward the close of the Meeting, myself, wife, Lydia and H. being there, Dr. Moore appeared in .....[?] and supplications, it seemed he had been sympathizing with us and tho no doubt others had a share in his concern, his prayer seemed peculiarly applicable to our state of affliction and was comforting to us. S and SL left us at 3 to return home after a visit to his mother. SW Fisher came between 4 and 5 and spent the evening very pleasantly with us.

6 September 1997
Funeral of Princess Diana.

6 September 2001
Re: Cathedral of Tyre 314?
I sometimes think, while reading various (now) older texts regarding Early Christian architecture, that the general feeling of the texts is either Rome 'centric' or Constantine 'centric' or both. This is akin to the notion believed by most of the general public that the "great" Christian persecution also occurred at Rome. Broad knowledge that the power base of the Empire was in the East from the late third century on just isn't out there. My point being that a lot of answers to long standing questions concerning the 'origins' of Early Christian architecture (and other things early fourth century) may well be found in the East.

6 September 2003

Virtual Museum 045

6 September 2016

6 September 2022

Circuses of the Campo Marzio, where each circus is of a different length and proportion.
The Serpent and the Stylus arrived with today's mail.
Picked up Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library at the Fox Chase Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

6 September 2023   Wednesday

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