Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 5th Mar 2013

Amongst the most  significant examples of European graphic art are the fifteen highly resolved preparatory drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and held in Sir John Soane's Museum.

Produced for Piranesi's last great graphic project his Différentes vues de Pesto…, published posthumously 1778, they show views of the three great Doric temples in the former Greek colony of Paestum, located dramatically on a plateau of  not far from the coast of the Gulf of Salerno.

Piranesi visited the site in 1777 and produced the fifteen drawings that are in the Soane and two further drawings – one in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and one in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (it is likely that twenty-one drawings were originally produced to match the twenty-one plates in Différentes vues de Pesto…).

The drawings are very close to the finished prints and are particularly accomplished examples of Piranesi’s topographical observation.

For the first time these powerful drawings are to be shown together in a focused exhibition which will look at them as great works of art in their own right as well as examing how they revolutionised architects' and artists' understanding of early Greek Classical architecture.

Cost: Free


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

See more events on the same day or today or this month


Location

Sir John Soane's Museum,
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London, WC2A 3BP

 

Categories: Architecture | Arts and Crafts | Historical

Local events coming soon
All DayLAMAS Archaeology Conference 2015
B An all-day conference by the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society
(Cost: £10-£15)
All DaySecrets from the Victorian House
Author Lucinda Hawksley talks about what it was like to live in a Victorian home and about the dangers that often lurked within.
(Cost: £8)
tbaSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour
B Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
(Cost: £10.25)
10:45 AMGuildhall Tour followed by watching the City Common Council
Tour of the City of London's historic Guildhall, followed by attending the Common Council.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMTEDx Courtauld Institute of Art 2015: 'The Next Frontier'
This one-day conference will bring together speakers, performances and screenings of previous TED talks.
(Cost: £20)
11:00 AMMagna Carta: Curators’ Eye View

(Cost: £3.00)
11:00 AMNorouz Bazaar at Asia House
F The Bazaar offers a selection of handicrafts; beautiful painted eggs; home-made Persian food products, etc
(Cost: Free)
11:00 AMFinsbury and the Great War: Riots, Rationing and the Rifles
B Join this expert guided walk which commemorates the local Finsbury Rifles but looks also at the anti-German riots of May 1915
(Cost: £8)
11:00 AMBattle of Waterloo Commemoration Walk
B A walk commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a City of Westminster Guide
(Cost: £11.25)
 

Sign up for a free weekly guide to what's on in London

Sample Issue