Piranesi as Designer

September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2008

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

1st Floor

This exhibition examines for the first time the complete works of Piranesi (1720-1778) as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors, and exquisite furnishings and his far-reaching influence on noted architects and designers of yesterday and today. Highlights include more than 100 etchings, original drawings, and prints by the artist; a selection of his decorative objects, ranging from furniture and carriage works to mantles and chimneypieces; and examples of his architectural drawings juxtaposed with renderings of contemporary architects.