[ pee-rah-ne-zee ]

  1. Giam·bat·tis·ta [jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/ or Gio·van·ni Bat·tis·ta [jaw-vahn-nee baht-tees-tah], /dʒɔˈvɑn ni bɑtˈtis tɑ/, 1720–78, Italian architect and engraver.

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How to use Piranesi in a sentence

  • So gentle and compelling is his voice that when you read the book, you can feel yourself getting swallowed up by Piranesi’s beloved house, and by Piranesi’s terrible, radiant innocence.

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

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
  • In the drawings of Piranesi, in the pictures of Rembrandt, one sees this grand language exhibited more truly.

    At Home And Abroad | Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • Piranesi gives a number of additional chambers besides the two above mentioned, but his representation is probably conjectural.

    Old Rome | Robert Burn
  • Lorenzo brought from his library a volume of Piranesi, and another of engravings from the heads of Vandyke.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness | Thomas Frognall Dibdin

British Dictionary definitions for Piranesi


/ (Italian piraˈneːsi) /

  1. Giambattista (dʒambatˈtista). 1720–78, Italian etcher and architect: etchings include Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome

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