À rebours: Giovanni Battista Piranesi fra Napoli, Pompei e Paestum
In: Studi e Ricerche del Parco Archeologico di Pompei: 43, 2020
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Mogliano Veneto 1720 - Roma 1778) was a refined intellectual, knowledgeable in the contemporary theoretical and philosophical thinking of his time. He was one of the greatest interpreters of 18th century culture. Reinterpreting the classical heritage, this Venetian architect and engraver, naturalized in Rome, developed an elegy of the ruins with a unique personal style that had an extraordinary fortune in the arts. This article is concerned with the identification of some points of contact between Giovanni Battista Vico and Piranesi, whose works present a vision of History similar to the thinking of the Neapolitan philosopher. This study also expounds a critical overview of his drawings of Pompeii and Paestum to further underline the strong link between Piranesi and the antiquities of the Campania region.