The exhibition also included a number of other Piranesi prints in the Chrysler’s collection, from the Antichità Romane, the Grotteschi, and others.Search our online collection.
April 26, 2018 — September 9, 2018
Piranesi’s Prisons: Legacy and Context showcases Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s large-scale architectural etchings, Carceri d’Invenzione or Prisons of Invention, from the Chrysler’s collection.
The 1761 series is a monument in the history of art and includes some of the most well-known etchings in the world. Instead of depicting real prisons, the Italian artist used impossible, complex spaces along with heavy stone walls, and wooden beams, to create an experience far more punishing than bars and gates could suggest.