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Piranesi: Vision and Veracity

Statens Museum for Kunst / Copenhagen / Art

Although Giovanni Battista Piranesi is primarily known as a printmaker, the 18th-century artist thought of himself as an architect. Building was in his blood—his father was a stonemason and his uncle a leading architect, with whom he studied. At age 20, the young man moved to Rome to apprentice with Giuseppe Vasi, the city’s premiere etcher. Piranesi etched the palaces and ancient temples he wished to build, and won praise for the architectural integrity and imagination of his printed designs. In this exhibition, alongside many of his prints, the Danish artist group AVPD has erected a mirrored corridor inspired by Piranesi. Viewers are encouraged to walk through the disorienting maze. —J.D.

Statens Museum for Kunst Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 København K, Denmark
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