The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



2 March 1778   Monday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume I

TO HIS EXCELLENCE
Monsig.r D. GIOVAMBATISTA REZZONICO Nephew and Butler of the Holiness of Our Lord Pope Clement XIII and Grand Prior in Rome of the Sacred Religion of Jerusalem
As a sign of humble respect, Cavalier G. B. Piranesi, architect of the Ecc. Her
Another antique candelabrum of the two owned by Mr. Tommaso Jenkins, English painter
Cavalier. Piranesi del e inc.


21-22 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1780
Raccolta de' tempj antichi   Parti I

Plan of the Temple of Honor and Virtue now the Church of S. Urbano outside the gate of S. Sebastiano.
A Cella.   B Pronaos, or Portico.   C Leftover from the house of the Edituo.   D Area around the Temple.   E Plan with the Area, and its vicinity.   F Area in front of the Temple.   G Substruction Wall, which invests the Mount to level the aforementioned Area.   H Stamp of a Cell Roof Tile
Franc. Piranesi drew and engraved


2 March 1812   Monday

Morning without a cloud, wind NW. Therm. 20į. The new frost has not yet reached the old in the ground. There is a space of about 1/2 inch unfrozen between these. .......... of a bright sun very little on the frozen ground. Therm. rose to 32į.


2 March 2021
Re: ...coincidence
Andrew,
Thanks for letting me know of Ferrandoís online lecture. Iím actually quite moved; Iíve never seen someone discuss my work before. Iíll have to send him an email . . . I hope.
My brother (to whom I am caregiver) had a stroke 30 January. The stroke did not affect any of his mental/communicative faculties, but he lost a lot of control of his left leg (which was his good leg). Heís coming home this Friday and thus I donít know exactly how much my day-to-day life is going to change. I hope Iíll still have some time to pursue creative endeavors.
Steve


2 March 2023   Thursday

Morning thick with fog. Therm. (on my phone) 44į.   About 50 yards beyond the top of the hill is where Benjamin Henry Latrobe created his watercolor of Ury House.

Exposition of Francesco's prints will now (mostly in chronological order) continue under the year of publication.
Francesco's adult life is full of interest and intrigue, and I really only know a synopsis of it. Hence, it is his works I will endeavor to learn best here, and, so far, I've learned a lot, which tells me there is indeed a lot to learn.
I'm also learning Piranesi's Vasi... volumes I and II, specifically what Piranesi was really up to the last three or four years of his life. Plus, it's nice to see the father's late work and the son's mature work folded together.




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