The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



18 May 1778   Monday
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31-32 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1790
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Sepulchral statue of Cav: Giambatista Piranesi sculpted by Angelini and placed by his sons in his father's cenotaph in Santa Maria in Aventine opposite the large candelabrum that he himself had intended to decorate his monument -
Lapidary inscription that can be read on the pedestal of the aforementioned Statue whose height is Roman palms 9 -
ANGELICA VXOR
VIRO CARISSIMO
FRANCISCVS ANGELVS PETRVS
FILI QUI ET HEREDES
PARENTI OPTIME MERITO
FAC CVR
XPI CINERIBVS ET MEMORIAE XPI
IOAN BAPTISTAE PIRANESI
DOMO VENETIIS
SCALPTORIS LINEARIS AERE CAELANDO
PLASTAE SIGILLARI ARCHITECTI
QVEM
CLEMENS XIII PONT MAX
OB?INGENI LAUDEM ET OPERVM EXCELLENTIAM
EQVESTRI DIGNITATE EXORNAVIT
PIVS VIXIT ANNOS LVIII
DECESSIT V ID NOVEMB
ANNO M DCC LXXVIII
ET SCRIPTIS ET INVENTIS ET AVSIS
CLARVS APVD AEQVALES
VTILIS POSTERITATI
LOCO DATO AB IOAN BAPT REZZONICO
CARD MAG PRIOR VRBIS
ORD HIEROSOL
PATRONO
INDVLGENTISS
Francesco Piranesi D. D. D.
Tom. Piroli drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved 1790.


18 May 1812   Monday

Clear starlight in the W about 3 this morning, at daylight cloudy. Wind N, therm. 48. The clouds broken and risen, no rain today. Therm. 54+. PM wind drew to NE and E, was gentle, an upper current carrying the clouds from W left the western horizon clear in the evening. 10 PM light clouds are passing the moon briskly from W, while an air is felt sensibly[?] from E.


18 May 2003
Re: logical software
...you may have in the past seen me make reference to The Timepiece of Humanity and/or chronosomatics... ...this text comprises the initial results of my 'reading' the hardware and software of the human body as an architecture delivering content.
There was also a time when I considered composing The Body, the Imagination, and Architecture were the physiological operations of the body (fertility, assimilation, metabolism, osmosis, electro-magnetism, ultra-frequent synapses) are explored as also engendering 'physiologies' of human imaginations (fertile imagination, assimilating imagination, metabolic imagination, osmotic imagination, electromagnetic imagination, ultra-frequent synaptic imagination) which were then explored as further engendering physiologically categorized architectures (fertile architecture, assimilating architecture, metabolic architecture, osmotic architecture, osmotic architecture, electromagnetic architecture, ultra-frequent synaptic architecture). There are many unpublished notes and some drawings pertaining to this project.


18 May 2004
REPORTAGE- Rhythm & Gender
Seutonius relates how a delegation from India came to Rome during the reign of Augustus. This makes me really wonder why the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome and the Great Stupa in India are virtually identical in size and design.
Why do you think Piranesi first delineated all the circuses of the first printing of the Ichnographia Campus Martius in a stylized manner, and then (unnoticed for over 200 years) changed all the circuses into copies of the Circus of Maxentius in the second printing of the Ichnographia Campus Martius? Piranesi sure knew how to paint a quaestio abstrusa!
You know how Eutropia confessed that (her son) Maxentius was a bastard soon after Maxentius died in battle against Constantine? Well, I hear Eutropia recently made another confession as to how Maxentius' real father was Diocletian!


18 May 2017

zero three seven


18 May 2023   Thursday
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