The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



11 April 1778   Saturday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

To Mr. Dive Downes English Knight follower and lover of the fine arts
In deed of respect Cavalier Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D. D. D
Profile of a Curule Chair in marble, which is kept in the Museum of Cav.r Piranesi adorned with very fine carvings, On each of the two sides you can see a Lupe placed to support the backrest A, and hold the movable leg B for the convenience of those who sat. The carpet that can be seen behind the Lupe and surrounds the whole chair is worked on the other two sides with very fine carvings in the manner of embroidery. The Suppedaneo C. was made as a convenience for those who had to go up to sit down. This chair was found at the time of PP. Paul III. in the Roman Forum in the place called the Rostra today near the Church of S. Teodoro.
Piranesi F.


11 April 1784   Easter
First Protestant, Lutheran Mass in Rome at Palazzo Giraud.


26-27 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1785
Monumenti degli Scipioni

Inscriptions found in the same excavation without having a sure relation to the Scipios
Cav. Francesco Piranesi f.


11 April 1812   Saturday

Morning thick fog, wind SSW, therm. 46. The wind increased to a heavy gale. Therm. rose to 57 PM> I went to Frankford to enquire after an Order from two Justices in favor of G. Robinson. The roads are extremely wet. I found it had been sent to Joseph Wollens, and returned by his road. Called a his house, he was absent. Hos wife promised to inform him of Gilbert's state. On my return the wind shifted to NW and it became cold. About sunset a beautiful clear horizon over-arched by thick clouds which dropped some rain in passing over us. Night clear and wind[?] very high.


11 April 2002
Re: being/critical
Palimpsest is not exactly apposition because an erasure occurs before something new is applied.
Apposition occurs within palimpsest when traces of the erasure begin to be seen again.


11 April 2023   Tuesday

"Why are you laughing?"
"Because it all sounds like something out of a movie."
Some long-distance phone conversations can be a real tonic.
"Everyone I know is dead. So yeah, I'll still manage to get there somehow."
So yeah, some long-distance phone conversations can be a real tonic.

Mom died in my arms at 5:20 PM eleven years ago.

Even though most everyone within The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project is dead, the story itself, nonetheless, strives constantly to discern reality, trying to figure out what really happened then, while at the same time bearing as little false witness as possible. And that's the ever daily reality of this story. Thus, yes, it greatly helps that Miers Fisher, at this very same place 211 years ago, wrote an ever daily reality himself. So it is possible.

Tomorrow holds a kind of prelude to "Typologies Chronologically."

Judge for yourself.

S. Nicola in Carceri   S. Maria del Priorato





I truly wish I had more time each day to work on this whole project, which is a polite way of saying...




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