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The Skeletons, Plate I from the series of Grotteschi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi was the most powerful artistic force in printmaking in the Mid-Eighteenth Century. His polymathic interests, technical prowess, boundless energy, and prodigious imagination are embodied in an oeuvre of more than a thousand etchings. Though he is best known for his...

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Inscription

Signed in plate lower right: Piranesi G

Provenance

Gropper Art Gallery (Cambridge, MA); to Linda B. Hardenbergh (Cambridge, MA and Newport Beach, CA), 1964; her gift to MFA, 20 September 2006.

Credit Line

Gift of Linda B. Hardenbergh in memory of Thomas Eddy Hardenbergh III

1747–49

Catalogue Raisonné

Focillon 020; Robison 21, 3rd ed., 2nd issue

Dimensions

Platemark: 39.4 x 55.1 cm (15 1/2 x 21 11/16 in.) Sheet: 51.8 x 69 cm (20 3/8 x 27 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1406

Medium or Technique

Etching

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