G.B. Piranesi Print Catalogue Project

by Clare Hornsby and Caroline Barron

Camera sepolcrale inventata e disegnata conforme al costume, e all’antica magnificenza degl’Imperatori Romani (TA[PRI]-GBP11-080)

Twenty years ago, the 139 loose prints by G.B. and Francesco Piranesi in the BSR collection were restored and mounted and a basic descriptive list was made of them at that time.

The aim of the project launched in 2021 is to create an online catalogue entry for each of the G.B. Piranesi prints and eventually to include the other Piranesi books, also as part of the BSR Digital Collections website.

Each print will be described briefly and a full bibliographic record for each will be made by Library staff. The images have been scanned to a very high quality, accompanying the text. This is a long-term collaboration between BSR Research Fellow, art historian Clare Hornsby and Caroline Barron, Assistant Professor in Classics (Roman History) at Durham University, as curators and authors. There will be a small exhibition of prints each year at BSR, finishing the work – undertaken part-time by all collaborators – over the next 4-5 years; the online Catalogue will be extended annually to include the prints selected for that year’s show.

The project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of Valerie Scott, BSR librarian for many years who retired in August 2021 and with the kind permission of Chris Wickham, BSR Director. Thanks are due to them, to the incoming director Abigail Brundin and to all BSR staff who have helped us to put this together.

G.B. Piranesi Print Catalogue Project
by Clare Hornsby and Caroline Barron

Camera sepolcrale inventata e disegnata conforme al costume, e all'antica magnificenza degl’Imperatori Romani (TA[PRI]-GBP11-080)

Twenty years ago, the 139 loose prints by G.B. and Francesco Piranesi in the BSR collection were restored and mounted and a basic descriptive list was made of them at that time.

The aim of the project launched in 2021 is to create an online catalogue entry for each of the G.B. Piranesi prints and eventually to include the other Piranesi books, also as part of the BSR Digital Collections website.

Each print will be described briefly and a full bibliographic record for each will be made by Library staff. The images have been scanned to a very high quality, accompanying the text. This is a long-term collaboration between BSR Research Fellow, art historian Clare Hornsby and Caroline Barron, ancient historian and lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Durham, as curators and authors. There will be a small exhibition of prints each year at BSR, finishing the work – undertaken part-time by all collaborators – over the next 4-5 years; the online Catalogue will be extended annually to include the prints selected for that year’s show.

The project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of Valerie Scott, BSR librarian for many years who retired in August 2021 and with the kind permission of Chris Wickham, BSR Director. Thanks are due to them, to the incoming director Abigail Brundin and to all BSR staff who have helped us to put this together.