The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



23 May 1778   Saturday
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21-34 y.o. Francesco Piranesi
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Fighter hero Greek sculpture of Agasia Efesino, found in Porto d'Anzo, commonly known as the Borghese Gladiator, existing in the Villa Pinciana.
To His Excellency the King Prince of Youssoupoff Chamberlain of S. Sl. Imperial the Empress of all the Russias
Francesco Piranesi D. D. D.
Tommaso Piroli drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved [not dated]


23 May 1812   Saturday

Sun rose clear, a fresh wind from NW soon brought thick clouds, temperature was 50. The clouds were carried to leeward and the sun shone clear and the temperature rose to 67. Joseph Lynis was buried this PM in Friend's yard at Frankford. S and SL came out this evening, brought us the paper of the day. B....... t..... by storm with immense loss. Grundy's[?] speech in Congress seems to render war with Britain certain, yet the arrival of the Hornet[?] may defeat the measure. There is no account yet of the news brought by hes[?]


23 May 1994

test plot: smell the coffee


23 May 2014
17 May
When I started to redraw the Ichnographia (via CAD in 1987) I had no knowledge of the 'philosophy of history' notion of reenactment. Soon after learning about the 'philosophy of history' notion of reenactment (in 1997), I realized that my redrawing of the Ichnographia was a form of reenactment. It was exactly like learning about the workings of reenactment while unwitting performing a reenactment, where, thus, second-hand knowledge (of reenactment) quickly became first-hand knowledge (of reenactment).


23 May 2021

A's 58 002


23 May 2023   Tuesday

As told to my friends at the pharmacy:
"When I'm relieved of all this, I'm having a party and you're all invited."




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