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Maker(s):Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (1720-1778)
Title:The Sawhorse, Plate XII from the series Carceri d'Invenzione [Imaginary Prisons]
Date Made:before 1750 plate; ca. 1765-75 print
Materials:Etching on ivory laid paper
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Rome
Measurements:sheet: 20 5/8 in x 28 3/4 in; 52.4 cm x 73 cm; plate/image: 16 1/4 in x 21 3/4 in; 41.3 cm x 55.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signature: recto, lwr. l. (printed, within plate): C. PIRANESI F. ; inscription: recto, upp. r. (printed, within image): XII
Accession Number:  MH 1983.5
Credit Line:Gift of T. Marc Futter
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Two figures stand in center of a room with lower arches. Three small arches are set into the walls by the figures which are covered by bars or grates. To the left is a large vertical beam with two ladders behind it and spiked torture instruments below.

punishing; architecture; prisons

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