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Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
[Italian draughtsman, 1720-1778]

Title: Temple at Paestum

Date: ca.1770-78
Medium: ink and chalk on paper, with wash
Dimensions: 18 x 27 inches (46 x 68 cm)
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Image size: 1600 x 1101 pixels, 321 Kbytes
              
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Temple at Paestum

 
 
 
This drawing is typical of Piranesi - classical architecture rendered in extreme prespective so as to maximize the sense of scale.

There is something overwrought and macabre, not to mention gorgeous, in Piranesi's work that recalls the Gothic novels of the late 18th and early 19th century such as The Castle of Otranto, The Vampyre, The Monk, and the greatest of them all, Frankenstein.
 
 
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