The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: The Reasons for Ruins

April 16th – August 14th, 2005

This exhibition presents a number of architecture-related prints by the Italian master printer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Born near Venice in 1720, Piranesi’s early interest in architecture stemmed from his family and grew during subsequent visits to Rome “to admire and learn from those august relics which still remain of ancient Roman majesty and magnificence, the most perfect there is of Architecture.” Due to such influence, Piranesi is still considered to be the greatest master of vedute prints, which feature views of the ruins of ancient buildings (examples of which are presented in this exhibition).