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[pee-rah-ne-zee] /ˌpi rɑˈnɛ zi/
[jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA),
or Giovanni Battista
[jaw-vahn-nee baht-tees-tah] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA),
1720–78, Italian architect and engraver. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The man who has understood Rome best, in this respect, is Piranesi.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
  • Inscriptions relating to the temple: Piranesi (see below), pl.

  • Piranesi saw the name of Faustina stamped on one of the bricks.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The best representations of it are those in Piranesi, three in number.

  • The walls were covered with views of ancient Rome and engravings by Piranesi.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Hamilton was aided in his work by Piranesi whose engravings record the state of the ruins at this time.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • Under their capricious influence my fancy built castles and capitols in the clouds with all the extravaganza of Piranesi.

  • This is especially noticeable in the etchings of Piranesi, who used hard varnish.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • At night particularly one feels the Piranesi grandeur, but also the Callot picturesqueness which are secondary qualities of Rome.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
  • Whatever is to become of poor Piranesi, you suppose at least that his labours must in some way terminate here.

British Dictionary definitions for Piranesi


/Italian piraˈneːsi/
Giambattista (dʒambatˈtista). 1720–78, Italian etcher and architect: etchings include Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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