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Piranesiís arguments in the Carceri [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2018; 15(3): 29-39 | DOI: 10.5505/itujfa.2018.21347  

Piranesiís arguments in the Carceri

Fatma ›pek Ek
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, YaĢar University, ›zmir, Turkey

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is an important Italian architect with his seminal theses in the debates on the Ďorigins of architectureí and Ďaestheticsí. He is numbered foremost among the founders of modern archaeology. But Piranesi was misinterpreted both in his day and posthumously. One of the most important vectors of approach yielding misinterpretation of Piranesi derived from the phenomenon comprising the early nineteenth-century Romanticist reception of Piranesiís character and work. Therefore, the present study firstly demonstrates that such observations derive not from an investigation of the work itself, nor from an appraisal of the historical context, but owe to the long-standing view in western culture that identifies the creatorís ethos with the work and interprets the work so as to cohere with that pre-constructed ethos. Thus the paper aims at offering a new perspective to be adopted while examining Piranesiís works. This perspective lies within the very scope of understanding the reasons of the misinterpretations, the post-Romanticist perception of the Ďartistí, and Piranesiís main arguments on the aesthetics, origins of architecture, and law.

Keywords: Carceri series, Eighteenth century discussions, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Postromanticist interpretation, Romanticist perception


Fatma ›pek Ek. Piranesiís arguments in the Carceri. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2018; 15(3): 29-39

Corresponding Author: Fatma ›pek Ek, TŁrkiye


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