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Metro Minute with Imaginary Prisons

The Art Gallery of Alberta is featuring Giovanni Battista Piranesi’shaunting and dramatic images from the print series, Carcerid’invenzione (The Imaginary Prisons) until Nov. 7.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is featuring Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s haunting and dramatic images from the print series, Carceri d’invenzione (The Imaginary Prisons) until Nov. 7.

Freely invoking the grottoes and subterranean ruins of Rome’s ancient past, 14 copper plate etchings of Piranesi’s first series were published in that city in 1749-50 by Giovanni Bouchard as Invenzioni Capric di Carceri.

In 1761, the artist himself published a second edition with an adjusted title and two additional plates. His mastery of the etching needle, with its fluid line and tonal effects, resulted in prints possessing a compelling atmospheric quality.

 
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