The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



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

To Signor John Staples English Knight
lover of fine arts
In deed of respect the Knight Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D. D. D.
Another Candelabrum, which can be seen in the courtyard of the Palace of the E(excellent) Mr. Cardinal Lanti in S. Eustachio
Cavalier Piranesi F.


26-27 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1785
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Jason who is called from the plow to Pelias' sacrifice fastens only his right shoe and checks the characters drawn by the Oracle. It is kept in Versailles and is known under the name of Cincinnatus.
To Her Excellency the Noble Lady Caterina Dolfin
Knight, and Procuratess Tron
Francesco Piranesi D.D.D.
Ludovico Corazzari drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved 1785.


7 May 1812   Thursday

Morning without a cloud, wind NW. Temperature 47. Quarterly Meeting at Horsham, we go off before 8. Stopped at Jared Spencer's, continued on and came back thither to dine. Josiah L came hither this evening, says there has been frost 3 nights past.


7 May 1997



7 May 2009
dossier damnatio memoriae
Not only were the words FAUSTA and UXORI erased, but they were replaced with HELENAE and MATRI. Thus, not only do we have here an example of damnatio memoriae, but an example of palimpsest as well. Question: is it a fairly common occurrence within other examples of dm for there to be a palimpsest as well, or is this more part of 'rare' damnatio memoriae subset?
Since CIL X 678 is the only extant example of Fausta's dm, I wonder if it might also be of some significance that it is actually a dm plus palimpsest. For example, could it be that Fausta's 'erasure' from memory is integral with Helena's 'inscription' into memory. Of course, on the immediate level, this tight connection appears obvious, but I'm still looking for other aspects and explanations that may enhance the understanding here. To sharpen the focus, I'm aware that there are many examples of palimpsests within inscriptions, so I'm more interested in examples where specific names/persons manifest a damnatio memoriae cum palimpsest combination.
dossier damnatio memoriae
"The damnatio memoriae raises fascinating questions about the relationship between elite political control and collective cultural tradition, the opposition of writing history and unwritten memory, the nature of remembering and forgetting."
2000
[Could this be considered one of the new forms of damnatio memoriae, or is it an example of purging history of what didn't happen? Is there a name for the act of purging history of what didn't happen?]
2001
"From damnatio memoriae to the Cathedral of Tyre, it feels like a spotted, blurred vision becomes continually clearer. I've even found what I think will be my next late antiquity interest (once there is some Helena closure), and that is to start learning about what (really) happened when the Christian East (paradigm) shifted to Islam."
2001
"Now knowledgeable of the practice of damnatio memoriae, I wonder if Piranesi purposefully 'erased' portions of the Ichnographia as a reenactment of the damnatio memoriae practice, and, like some extant examples of dm inscriptions, if he then purposefully followed up with a palimpsest (of another plan) over the erasure."
2001
"In "Remembering to Forget" one learns that damnatio memoriae actually did more to make people remember than it did to make them forget. Officially and literally, the memory was erased, however, the act of erasure itself, like the scar that it is, only reinforces the real reality that once was."
2001


7 May 2017



7 May 2023   Sunday

morning still life

20:45 SL
There was a drone in the sky while I was having a cigarette.

20:45 AK
Whaaaat lol

20:45 SL
I waved to it lol

20:46 AK
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a drone...

20:49 SL
I'm pretty sure it's just someone from the other side of the neighborhood.

20:52 AK
Yeah just having some Sunday fun

20:54 SL
What else could it be?! lol

21:00 AK
Artificial intelligence

21:01 SL
LOL LOL




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