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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: column drawing by Piranesi

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:55 pm

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Trajan column with two Dacian wars (approximate title), Giovanni Battista Piranisi.

Comics expert Scott McCloud has suggested that this kind of display (the physical carved versions that continue around the column) qualify as “comics”, i.e. pictures in sequence that tell a story.

[Via Bibliodyssey]

8 comments for Eye Candy for Today: column drawing by Piranesi »

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  1. Comment by kate
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 2:16 am

    Oh my goodness. Did he do the other side too?

  2. Comment by Aelle
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Piranesi: An amazing Italian artist.
    Learn every detail on his life here.
    http://www.kgi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/piranesi/uebers.htm
    Unfortunately only in German.
    His Antichità Romane of 1756, a four-volume work that won him admittance to the British Society of Antiquarians, includes maps of the ancient walls and aqueduct system and a thorough investigation of Roman burial customs.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Piranesi-Portrait.jpg
    (Selfportrait for his Antichità Romane)

  3. Comment by Valentino Radman
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    This was quite a feat…but the bas relief itself was even a bigger one. Btw, I agree with Scott McCloud (and recommend his comic book Understanding Comics).

  4. Comment by maria
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    The dictionary does mention the humor element in comics, though.

    What beautiful detail.

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Hence the name, from their earliest examples. However, in English the term has come to mean the art form in general (adventure comics and superhero comics are often missing the element of humor). In French, for example, they are “bandes dessinées” — strips of drawings. The fundamental description of the art form, however, could be reduced (again, as Scott McCloud has suggested) to “pictures in sequence that tell a story”.

  6. Comment by chris sheban
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Are you kidding me?! I needed a nap after that.
    Can you imagine drawing the first grouping of figures at the top then
    looking down at what’s still ahead to do? Talk about a tour de force.
    Let me guess – he did this in an hour and a half. Wow. Remarkable.

  7. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Piranesi was by no means the first to etch a detailed copy of the bas relief story on Trajan’s column. There had already been a steady demand from tourists for more than a hundred years by the time he got to it. But Piranesi developed the art of etching views of Rome and its antiquities for tourist consumption to an incredibly high level until, in the end, he wasn’t above inventing his own antiquities when his imagination outpaced reality.

  8. Comment by maria
    Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Thank you, Charley. :-)

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