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Full reproduction of Carceri: 30 etchings depict rickety catwalks, iron rings, faceless humans, innumerable staircases, immense vaults, projecting beams, pulleys, wooden ladders, hanging ropes and chains, iron rings imbedded in walls, faceless humans and more. All create a system of visual frustration beyond ordinary perception and understanding.


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Full reproduction of Carceri: 30 etchings depict rickety catwalks, iron rings, faceless humans, innumerable staircases, immense vaults, projecting beams, pulleys, wooden ladders, hanging ropes and chains, iron rings imbedded in walls, faceless humans and more. All create a system of visual frustration beyond ordinary perception and understanding.

30 review for The Prisons [Le Carceri]: The Complete First and Second States)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    A fascinating artist. The differences between the First and Second States are very interesting to observe; the First State is much rougher and lighter, the Second darker and more detailed. The fantastical quality of his work is amazing--very surreal and quite Gothic (appropriate for his time). I'm surprised I hadn't heard of him before; it would have been really nice to know about him as a Gothic Fiction student. If I were to ever teach anything on Gothic Fiction, I would definitely bring him in A fascinating artist. The differences between the First and Second States are very interesting to observe; the First State is much rougher and lighter, the Second darker and more detailed. The fantastical quality of his work is amazing--very surreal and quite Gothic (appropriate for his time). I'm surprised I hadn't heard of him before; it would have been really nice to know about him as a Gothic Fiction student. If I were to ever teach anything on Gothic Fiction, I would definitely bring him in as an example of an artist contemporary to the genre's beginnings who completely understood the role of the enclosure as a construct of the character. His work is amazing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nish

    Aldous Huxley commented that the power of Piranesi's work comes from the essential pointlessness of his baroque, labyrinthine constructions. Where are those staircases, arches, pulleys, columns, cells, bars leading to? And who is the condemned body? For what power(s) do his blueprints serve? Remember all those pretty churches with ornate columns designed to display the glory of god? Well Piranesi takes the same approach but could approximate a secular hell in his precise and brutal vision of 18t Aldous Huxley commented that the power of Piranesi's work comes from the essential pointlessness of his baroque, labyrinthine constructions. Where are those staircases, arches, pulleys, columns, cells, bars leading to? And who is the condemned body? For what power(s) do his blueprints serve? Remember all those pretty churches with ornate columns designed to display the glory of god? Well Piranesi takes the same approach but could approximate a secular hell in his precise and brutal vision of 18th century punishment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    nerveblot

    The title concisely describes the material in the book, so I don't think there's much else to say about its content (which I happen to love). The brief introduction and background material are nice. Regarding the physical book itself: large and finely printed to show all detail of the originals. Also, where the first and second states both exist, they are printed on opposing pages, which is great. The title concisely describes the material in the book, so I don't think there's much else to say about its content (which I happen to love). The brief introduction and background material are nice. Regarding the physical book itself: large and finely printed to show all detail of the originals. Also, where the first and second states both exist, they are printed on opposing pages, which is great.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    What's unseen is even more mysterious than what is seen. Deep and dark and everlasting. What's unseen is even more mysterious than what is seen. Deep and dark and everlasting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    P. Es

    fever-induced Noospheric turbulence of space and place.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is a fascinating book of drawings by a classic artist. You can watch as his pictures develop.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marysue Hudson

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    Sirin Nabokov

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    Erin

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    Christine Miller

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    Ryan Parker

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    Peter

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aloysius

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angeli

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    Steve Morrison

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    Amy Holton

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    Jim Register

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    Goran Serka

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    chris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Flora

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