Giovanni Battista Piranesi Italian, 1720–1778 View of the Remains of the Dining Room of Nero's Golden House, commonly called the Temple of Peace, c. 1756-1778 Etching Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton 2007.49.2.2

Piranesi: Rome in Ruins

May 20, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Winton Jones Gallery, G344
Free Exhibition

Giovanni Battista Piranesi takes us on a ramble through the ruins of ancient Rome. His etchings of the remains of a great civilization couple his archaeological interest in detail with his flair for dramatic effect. This intimate exhibition invites you to reflect on a quiet world of grand desolation. Seen through the lens of the mid-1700s, the ruins suggest romance, mystery, melancholy, awesome possibility, and loss.