Colin Holden explains how Piranesi’s exaggerated scale celebrates the ancient Romans’ engineering work.
History & politics53Collection insights44Exhibitions36Australian history32Artists & writers30art26Family History Feast25Popular culture18art & design18Culture18world of the book17printmaking15architecture14WWI14literature14illustration13military13Big ideas under the dome13Family history13war13world of the book12performance12State Library Victoria12Giovanni Battista Piranesi11books11family history feast11Australian history11Rome: Piranesi's vision11children's books11rare books9History of the book8creative fellows8Writing the war7music7creative fellows7human rights7Victorian history7family history7literature6Foxcroft Lecture6Library collections6cultural history6education6fellowships6library6library fellowships6Poetry Slam6digital technology6artists' books6WWII5Exhibition talks & tours5Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture5social justice5Redmond Barry lecture5poetry5Melbourne5Redmond Barry Lecture4poetry slam4performance4artists and writers4one object many stories4library fellowships4foxcroft lecture4Library collections4indigenous people4author in conversation4culture4history4author in conversation4journalism4Multicultural history4youth literature3storytelling3Don Grant Lecture3White Night3history of the book3gender issues3literacy3collections3Gusto!3culinary history3genealogy3persian manuscripts3exhibitions3victorian history3Making Public Histories3food3velvet iron ashes3Artists' books3Ned Kelly3Collection insights3Environment3rare books2pop culture2spoken word2food2design2music2Indigenous people2Law2book printing2Ned Kelly2books2Exhibitions & tours2fellowship2social justice2library fellows2velvet iron ashes2State Library of Victoria2graphic design2family history records2interior design2health2victoria gallery2diaries and manuscripts2sport2australian literature2web2popular culture2foreign policy2Indigenous Australians2India2Fromelles2Gallipoli2national security2world war one2victoria gallery2Journalism2art2
Browse our audio and video
Colin Holden highlights details from everyday life in this print from Piranesi's Vedute di Roma.
Colin Holden discusses how the ruined villa in this print by Piranesi represents the folly of unrestrained power.
Colin Holden provides insights into the activities of the people portrayed in this Piranesi print.
Colin Holden points out the visitors Piranesi brings to life in his print of this pilgrimage church.
In this video, Colin Holden suggests that classical and 18th-century worlds are compared in this print by Piranesi.
Colin Holden outlines the skill and artistry Giovanni Battista Piranesi brought to his printmaking.
Enter the always creative and sometimes strange world of the book artist with Senior Research Fellow Sarah Bodman.
Danger, book alert! In the age of the iPad, eBook and Kindle, are books dead?