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Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɪrəˈneɪzi
 
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Definition of Piranesi, Giovanni Battista in English:

( 1720–78), Italian engraver. He is known for his dramatically conceived etchings of the buildings of Rome, in which the altered scale adds to their grandeur; he also produced an influential series of etchings of imagined and fantastical prisons, Carceri d’Invenzioni (1745–61).

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