Until 23 November 2020.

For the occasion of engraver and architect Giambattista Piranesi’s three-hundredth birth celebrations (Venice, 1720 – Rome, 1778), the famed Venetian Foundation is celebrating the immortal city‘s mystique with a comparison between a corpus of Piranesi’s period engravings and an unpublished collection of photographs by Gabriele Basilico dedicated to the contemporary city, which this landscape photographer was commissioned by the Cini Foundation to shoot in 2010.

The exhibition, by curator Luca Massimo Barbero, the Institute of History director at the Foundation, is hosted in the second floor halls of the Palazzo Cini Gallery, once the abode and now the important seat of Count Vittorio Cini’s collection. The exhibition is rounded-off by a catalogue published by Contrasto.


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