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Piranesi's grandest tour: from Europe to Australia

Colin Holden
$59.99
Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 224 pages 80 reproductions ISBN 9781742233949

The majestic works of eighteenth-century Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi have never ceased to inspire artists, printmakers and architects.

Piranesi is famous for his etchings of real and imaginary buildings – Roman ruins, baroque cityscapes and fantastical prisons. More than a history, this book weaves a fascinating story about an artist, his work, and the influence he continues to have across the world, centuries after his death. The book also reveals the story of the Australian collectors of Piranesi’s work and his influence on our artists, from Russell Drysdale to Rick Amor and Marco Luccio.

This is the exhibition publication for Rome: Piranesi's vision, 22 February - 22 June 2014, Keith Murdoch Gallery, State Library of Victoria.

Author Colin Holden is a social historian and senior fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at Melbourne University. He was awarded a Redmond Barry Fellowship by the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne to research this book and the associated exhibition.

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