Item 016 - Plate XVI, The Pier With Chains

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Plate XVI, The Pier With Chains

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CA RBD Piranesi-016

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  • 1800-1809 (Creation)

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40.3 x 54.8 cm

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Print of an etching with a pillar and bridge in the foreground, and many arches, bridges and stairs in the background, also includes a large tombstone-like sculpture and a pillar with carved frieze. Chains are attached to many of the architectural features, and there are figures in the fore and background.

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State V. Watermarks: bird house with three birds and imprinted “FILIA/T DUPUY/AUVERGN/M42” (for more information see Robison, A., Piranesi-early architectural fantasies, 1986, p. 236, no. 83 and p. 233, no. 78), 1800-1830s and first Paris edition, 1800-1809.

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  • Focillon, H. Giovanni Battistia Piranesi, no. 39
  • Hind, A. M., Giovanni Battista Piranesi, no. 16
  • Robison, A., Piranesi-early architectural fantasies, no. 42.

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