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Maker(s):Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (1720-1778)
Title:Skeletons from the series Grotteschi [Grotesques]
Date Made:ca. 1748
Materials:Etching with engraving, drypoint, and burnishing , black ink on laid paper
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 30 in; 60.96 cm x 76.2 cm; Sheet: 20 7/16 in x 28 13/16 in; 51.91125 cm x 73.18375 cm; Image: 15 5/16 in x 21 1/2 in; 38.89375 cm x 54.61 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signature: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within image): PIRANESI F. ; inscription: recto, lwr. r. (brown ink): N.H. ;
Accession Number:  MH 1989.L17.24
Credit Line:Anonymous Loan

An imaginary view of ruins rendered in a sketchy manner. To the lower left is a headless sculpture with a rear view of a statue of Herakles/Hercules above and to the right with another bust facing it. In the center seems to be a partially obscured temple with trees and vines in front. In the foreground are human remainsand scattered bones along with columns.

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