behind the scenes
it's so "been there, done that" it's now in a museum
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Le Antichità Romane Pianti del Monte Capitolino...
Piranesi's first plan?
That Piranesi's engravings, however, present to us not merely a set designer's whim, but rather a systematic criticism of the concept of "center," is clerly shown in the Pianta di ampio magnifico Collegio (Plan for a Vast and magnificent College), inserted in the 1750 edition of the Opere varie di architettura (Selected Architectural Works).
Piranesi also draws in buildings that never existed. They seem at first glance to be memories of buildings that could have existed; they look like buildings until one examines them as functioning buildings. This idea of a building as a trace of function is similar to Piranesi's project for the Collegio Romano [sic], which has a seemingly centralized plan. However, when it is analyzed, it does not actually function; it only symbolizes its function.
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