List of Artists → Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian engraver, etcher a. architect. P. was taught engraving since 1740 by the archaeologist a. engraver G. Vasi. In 1745 P. began to document the buildings of antique Rome. By combining engraving a. etching he created dramatic effects of light. Mus.: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Athens, Berlin a. others. Lit.: Thieme-Becker, H. Focillon, P. Lamers-Schütze, L. Ficacci a. others.