Giovanni Battista Piranesi
On the occasion of the third centenary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the National Library of Spain (BNE) and the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE) of the Ministry of Culture and Sport are organising an exhibition of almost three hundred works by the Italian architect, theoretician and engraver. It opened to the public on May 7th, with the collaboration of National Heritage and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum.
The exhibition covers the abundant work of Piranesi and his influence in Spain, especially from Francesco Piranesi, whose later activity was fundamenteal, both in Rome and in Paris. Books, prints, paintings and sculptures from the BNE collection and from other institutions, museums and private collections that not only contextualize Piranesi’s training, references, antique culture and models, but also illustrate his activity as a draughtsman, engraver, architect or sculptor of models and decorative objects.
The objective of the exhibition is the study and cataloguing of the vast collection of prints and books of the Venetian architect that the National library possesses. This is a catalogue with new and importat contributions, not only because it contains more prints and books, but also because it highlights the historical background of the collection, with bound copies as important as the coats of arms of Lord Charlemont or those of members of the family of Pope Carlo Rezzonico (Clement XIII), among others.