Piranesi in the Casa di Goethe (August 5 2011 – January 15 2012)


Under the title Piranesi, Rembrandt of the Ruins, the Casa di Goethe in Rome hosts an exhibition of the engraver Giovanni Battista Pironesi, who lived and worked from 1720 to 1778.

Piranesi exhibition, Casa di Goethe (2011)


The exhibition was earlier presented at the other important Goethe-related place in Italy, the Municipaility of Malcesine, in the province of Verona and celebrates the 10th anniversity of the partnership between the two museums.

The Piranesi exhibition gives an excellent insight into what Rome must have looked like in the days of Goethe and focuses especially on his work Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), which is represented with 35 reprints.

Several of Piranesi’s reprints, including copies of famous attractions such as Saint Peter’s Square, the Colosseum, the Piazza del Popolo and the Pantheon, are extremely popular in the souvenir shops of Rome.

The exhibition also features a pen drawing attributed to Goethe himself, called “Italian landscape with abbey”.

Opening hours, admission, location of and directions to the Casa di Goethe in Rome.

The Casa di Goethe participates at the  European Days of Heritage 2011 initiative and gives free admission on Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September 2011.

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