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Piranesi's Grandest Tour: From Europe to Australia
by Colin Holden
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The majestic works of eighteenth-century Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi have never ceased to inspire artists, printmakers and architects. Piranesi is famous for his etchings of real and imaginary buildings - Roman ruins, baroque cityscapes and fantastical prisons. Here, his life and art is reassessed, along with the complex world of his son, Francesco, whose promotion of his father's work was overshadowed by allegations of espionage. The book also reveals the story of the Australian collectors of Piranesi's work and his influence on our artists, from Russell Drysdale to Rick Amor and Marco Luccio.
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