Nelle Carceri Di G. B. Piranesi

Nelle Carceri Di G. B. Piranesi

by Silvia Gavuzzo-Stewart
     
 

G. B. Piranesi is one of the most inventive artists of the eighteenth century. The Carceri, or Prisons, are a set of etchings believed by many to be Piranesi's most original work. The extraordinary evocative power of the Carceri has fascinated many writers. Some have interpreted the Carceri as dreams, as nightmares, as disturbing allegories of human life. In this

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G. B. Piranesi is one of the most inventive artists of the eighteenth century. The Carceri, or Prisons, are a set of etchings believed by many to be Piranesi's most original work. The extraordinary evocative power of the Carceri has fascinated many writers. Some have interpreted the Carceri as dreams, as nightmares, as disturbing allegories of human life. In this book, mostly through an analysis of the Latin quotations contained in the etchings, it is argued that Piranesi grants a metaphorical meaning to the Carceri in order to ‘imprison’ those he saw as obstructing the Arts and threatening his own freedom.

G. B. Piranesi è uno dei più geniali artisti del Settecento. Le Carceri sono una serie di incisioni, da molti ritenuta la sua opera più originale. Con il loro straordinario potere evocativo le Carceri hanno affascinato numerosi scrittori. Molti ne hanno parlato come di sogni, di incubi, di inquietanti allegorie della vita umana. Qui, soprattutto attraverso l’analisi delle citazioni latine contenute nell’opera, si sottolinea come Piranesi faccia un uso metaforico delle Carceri tra l’altro per ‘imprigionare’ chi, secondo il suo parere, ostacolava le Arti, minacciando la sua stessa dignità di libero artista.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902653006
Publisher:
Maney Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Italian Perspectives (Maney) Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Gavuzzo-Stewart graduated from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. She has taught Italian language and literature at the Universities of London and Reading. In Reading she was in charge of teaching history of art in the Department of Italian Studies. She is now an Honorary Fellow of Reading University.Silvia Gavuzzo-Stewart ha studiato all’Universitàdi Roma, ‘La Sapienza’. Docente di lingua e letteratura italiana nelle Università di Londra e di Reading, in quest’ ultima è stata responsabile del corso di storia dell’ arte nel Dipartimento di Studi Italiani. È ora honorary fellow dell’ Università di Reading.

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