The Blanton Museum of Art presents Piranesi’s Rome, an exhibition of more than forty prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), along with large-scale maps of Rome, books, and plaster casts of Greek and Roman architectural fragments. From technical cross-sections of bridges to fantastical images of ruins, Piranesi’s prints will take you on a journey through his forty-year fascination with the antiquities and architecture of ancient Rome.

Organized by Kristin Holder, Blanton Print Room Specialist

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, View of the exterior of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (detail), from Views of Rome, 1748
Etching, fifth state of seven
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002