Exploring Rome : Piranesi and his contemporaries (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, 17 August 1993-2 January 1994)
London & Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1993
(26 cm), xlii, , 243 pp., 128 illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The catalogue explores the theme of Rome as an inspiration for Piranesi and his contemporaries. Essays by Elisabeth Kieven on Roman architecture in the time of Piranesi and Myra Nan Rosenfeld on the genre of the architectural view accompany the catalogue entries (128 items on display, of which 35 are by Piranesi) “The objects were selected not just with an eye towards quality and encouraging attendance, but with a view to advancing the state of Piranesi scholarship as well. The wealth of excellent reproductions and the handsome design of the catalogue contribute greatly to this end” (from a review by John Pinto, in AA Files, no. 27, Summer 1994, pp.102-104). The exhibition originated and was first shown, without a catalogue at the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1989. “The exhibition is … limited to the collections at the Morgan Library and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, with a few loans from collectors closely associated with both institutions” (Introduction). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.