The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



27 September 315
Constantine leaves Rome and returns to Gaul.
Constantine arrived in Rome 18 July to mark the beginning of his decennalia; the Arch of Constantine was completed and dedicated at that time.


27 September 1778     Sunday

Frontispiece of Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma depicting the Circus of Hadrian and the fictitious Circus of Domitia, 1762.


27 September 2003
Re: Good Art
What remains of Elagabalus' Sessorian Palace today is the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Helena took up residence in Rome within the Sessorian Palace late 312-326, and she brought back soil and relics from Calvary for placement within the Sessorian Palace, so those that couldn't go to Jerusalem could made a pilgrimage there instead.
I wonder if Elagabalus was ever in the same space, and, if he was, I wonder what he did there.


27 September 2020

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 167 168 169 170


27 September 2022     Tuesday
It's been starting to feel like I'm losing touch with Piranesi, and that itself is worrisome.

But wait a minute. That feeling makes perfect sense, because right now in 1778 Piranesi is very likely beginning to show signs of fading away from this life (so to speak).

Last Friday night I wondered whether Piranesi, while looking through his works for instances of ancient circuses, was at the same time sending Francesco out to the various sites to see if there was any new data to record. That would explain why it's otherwise 'quiet' at the workshop.

Then it dawned on me how Francesco's been the leading animating force of this story.




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