The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



1 May 305
Diocletian and Maximian retire as emperors and the Second Tetrarchy is established: Augustus Galerius (the Balkans and Asia Minor); Augustus Constantius (Gaul, Britain and Spain); Caesar Maximinus Daia (the eastern provinces); Caesar Severus (Italy, Pannonia and Africa).


1 May 1778   Friday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

Perspective view of the other ancient candelabrum that can be seen in the Cavalier Piranesi Museum
To Mr. Carl Morris, English Knight
This candelabrum was found in Hadrian's Villa near Tivoli in a place known as Pantanello. This ancient monument, and for elegance, and fineness of its carvings, and the parts, which are well divided, correspond to the whole; let him be of a wondrous proportion.
As a sign of respect Cavalier Gio: Batt(ist)a Piranesi
Extant 'in Bibliotheca Radcliviani Oxonia ex Dono
Cavalier Piranesi drawn and engraved


24-25 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1783
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Mars at rest with helmet and shield at his feet and sword in hand,
and a Cupid or Genius Playing with his Arms which exists in the Villa Ludovisi
To His Excellency Mr. Cav: Girolamo Zulian Ambassador of the Serenissima Republic of Venice at the Holy See Mecenate
Gorgeous fine art
Francesco Piranesi D.D.D.
Ludovico Corazzari Ven. drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved 1783.


1 May 1812   Friday

Morning thin clouds, wind NEerly. Temperature 54 rose to 65. P.M. I attended the sale of lots late of Robert Teletaker[?]. Wood had estimated from 25 to 30 cords sold from 68 to 75 pounds[?] and are very high th.... I went to see Gilbert Robinson, he very fast declining. Temperature AM 49 rose to 65 and at sunset 60. Wind round to SE.


1 May 2006
paris 2054
The dead Piranesi likes Philadelphia because of the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Plus, about 220 years after Piranesi secretly changed the Ichnographia Campus Martius into a second state, the two versions of the large plan were finally discovered in Philadelphia. Piranesi made the secret changes only to see who would ultimately discover them.


1 May 2017



1 May 2023   Monday
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