Lot n° 370
400 - 600 EUR
Result with fees
Francesco PIRANESE (Rome 1758-1810)
6.5 x 14.5 cm
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 11 February 2005 (Mes Renaud et Giquello), no. 90, reproduced.
The son of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, of whom he was also a pupil, Francesco Piranesi was an engraver, an architect, and a ceramist. He continued his father's work as an engraver, which he propagated by publishing numerous engravings. He worked in Rome, then at the Swedish court, where he was at the centre of many political intrigues. Back in Rome, he became a fervent supporter of the Roman Republic in 1798, and befriended Joseph Bonaparte. He had to leave Rome for Paris in 1799, where he settled with his brother Pietro. Having been able to take only a few of his father's works with him, he was helped by the new regime and founded the Chalcographie Piranesi in what is now the Piazza del Palazzo Reale. He also opened a ceramics workshop.
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