September 6, 2012. (Romereports.com)
These etchings are a window into history. They show what parts of Rome looked like roughly 300 years ago
. They were made by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one of the most important artists of the 18th century. He lived between Venice and Rome, making a name for himself by working on his famous engravings. They actually marked a new chapter in architectural blue prints since the technique facilitated ornamental designs.
Thanks to the Venetian Giorgio Cini Foundation, an exhibit in Madrid, now features some of those prints. One can simply visit this website to get a glimpse of Piranesi's impressive creativity. Among them, this Roman landscape, created with his special 'light-dark' shading technique that creates a three dimensional image.
This Piranesi exhibit is currently open at Madrid's CaixaForum. But it's not just about his designs and etches. One can also see furniture and Roman antiquities that were also created by the artist.