Three-Hundred Years of Piranesi at the Biblioteca Braidense

Three-Hundred Years of Piranesi at the Biblioteca Braidense
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Giambattista Piranesi never saw Milan, but it seems that his son Francesco had it in mind to move the prestigious family art studio right here. Discover the recent illuminations about the artist in the exhibition that the Biblioteca Braidense has dedicated to the greatest engraver in Italian history, including 97 works and rare documents regarding the artist which have been conserved in the city. Because one thing is certain, in Milan, the cult of Piranesi has a long history - drawings, engravings, books and paintings are on hand at the Biblioteca dell’Accademia of Brera and the Archivio di Stato, from the historic Raccolta Bertarelli and the Museo della Scala. But the biggest surprise is from a collection which has remained unknown up to now, that of the Teulié Military Academy, which will be on display for the first time ever in this exhibition. Piranesi was an artist, architect, restorer, engraver and an archeologist before archeology was even invented - as the writer Marguerite Yourcenar described him - and a creative interpreter of decaying splendour. He would have liked to reawaken the greatness of antiquity with new architecture and, instead, he spread its myth through etchings and visionary line engravings. They inspired Maurits Cornelis Escher in creating his impossible stairways and Horace Walpole when he invented the Gothic novel, Charles Baudelaire, the Surrealists and even the hallucinatory Aldous Huxley. Just a few reasons to rediscover this genius exactly three-hundred years from his birth.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano