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Vedute di Roma, Piranesi 1745 / Rome, Italy
Piranesi’s Vedute (Views) catalogue the overlap between two Romes. The first contains the deteriorating remnants of the visible world. The second is made up of the accumulation of all that has been lost and all that never was. If you stand on the spot of one of these overlaps long enough you might find yourself returning to a different Rome than you the one you had left. (18th May 2012, Rome) Piranesi’s elaborated-upon views of Roman ruins and imagined landscapes are paradigmatic inspirations for contemporary ‘paper’ architects. In these images artifact and fantasy are rendered as if merged into a single material reality.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Vedute di Roma: Pyramid of Cestius
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