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PIRANESI: Architecture and Imagination at the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

PIRANESI: Architecture and Imagination at the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

Piranesi. A Visionary's Prints.

To July, 25 of 2021.


Grabado del Artista y Arquitecto Piranesi en la Exposición Temporal del Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga 2021

Until 25 July, we will find in the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga an exhibition dedicated to Giovanni Batista Piranesi (1720-1778), a multifaceted character whose work as an architect stands out, being planner of thousands of projects of which only one was built: the church of Santa María del Priorato.


His vast creative capacity led him to make more than 1000 engravings in which he reveals his knowledge of classical architecture, a motive that served as the germ for the contemporary movement of neoclassicism. In the exhibition we can observe 14 of these drawings, belonging to four of his most important series: Carceri d’Invenziones (1761), Vedute di Roma (1748-1778), Le antichità Romane (1756) and Descriziones e disegno dell’Emisario del Lago Albano (1762).


His mastery of the etching technique allowed him to get a level of detail in the volumes never seen before, letting imagination fly by expressing impossible landscapes and gloomy environments. The high point of this expression is reached in the sketches of his carceri, in which the dialogue of modern and ancient elements is articulated on the full creative freedom, achieving a result of great beauty and mastery.


The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Royal Academy of San Carlos and the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia.


Exhibition suitable for Hypocaloric Diets.


Text: Beatriz Igea Sanchez.

Photos: Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.