Giovannia Battista Piranesi / Side table / about 1768Giovannia Battista Piranesi
Side table
about 1768

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Creator Name: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1720 - 1778
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Giovannia Battista Piranesi
Title: Side table
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1766
Creation End Date: 1770
Creation Date: about 1768
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: gilt oak, limewood, marble
Dimensions: H.35 x W.59 x D.29 in. (with top)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 64.70
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

This table is one of the few pieces of Giovanni Piranesi's furniture to survive. Piranesi, a printmaker, archaeologist, architect, and designer, greatly contributed to Europe's renewed interest in the ancient world through his numerous etchings of Roman ruins. In 1769, he published Diverse Manners of Ornamenting Chimneys and All Other Parts of Houses, a collection of imaginative designs for clocks, vases, chimneypieces, and even coaches.

This table, illustrated in the book, was one of two made for the Roman state apartments of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Rezzonico, nephew of Pope Clement XIII. Its companion is in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum. For the pair, Piranesi used several ancient designs. He modeled the legs, carved like winged chimeras (part-lion, part-goat mythological monsters), after bronze tripods that were found at Pompeii and Herculaneum. He based the ox skulls on Roman funerary motifs, and the palmettes, also on the frieze, on Greek decorations.

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AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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