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The show

The National Gallery of Umbria hosts the GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI exhibition in the collections of the National Gallery of Umbria from 30 September 2022 to 8 January 2023.

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI in the collections of the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria , is curated by Carla Scagliosi, responsible for the modern and contemporary collections of the Gallery, celebrates the visionary genius of the great Venetian architect, engraver and theorist, through a selection of 70 dedicated etchings to the ancient and modern beauties of Rome and its surroundings taken from the two volumes of the Views of Rome , chosen among the most representative of his research path and his stylistic, formal and technical evolution.

In fact, no other work like the Views of Rome accompanies Piranesi throughout his life and symbolically covers every aspect of his production, underlining his extraordinary inventive, technical, perspective skills, as well as the vast imagery that underlies his archaeological "obsessions" and antiquarians, but also visionary and fantastic.

Through GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI in the collections of the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria they are thus able to appreciate the pictorial characteristics of the views, with the wide palette of blacks and grays that demonstrates the perfect mastery of the etching technique , as well as to grasp the increasingly Piranesi 's evident interest in antiquity and antiquarian research, which gradually became more and more preponderant object of the tables, so much so as to push the artist to Villa Adriana, to which he would have liked to dedicate an entire work that remained only a desire.

The Views will forge and pass on for centuries the appearance of a Rome filtered through the genius of the author and spread its fame throughout Europe. The city, caught in its melancholy decline and in the dazzling coexistence of the present and the past, with the gigantic ancient monuments and the grandiose, grandiloquent, modern architectures, populated by very small, frenetic and anonymous presences, condenses all the characteristics that distinguish the great capitals modern, through the anticipatory vision of an artist who claims the fundamental role of "license" and imagination for the creation of an art that reflects his own era.

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Corso Vannucci, 19
06123 Perugia


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