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Space 2022 - Sauls and Miller

The Fantastical SPACES Created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

  • Space 2022 MILLER SAULS Piranesi Slide6
  • Space 2022 MILLER SAULS Piranesi Slide7

Artist Statement: This virtual exhibit features artwork by 18th century Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The artist created these works to showcase his knowledge of architecture and create imaginary spaces. Piranesi’s prints went on to influence many 20th century creatives, including M.C. Escher and the design of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts’ moving staircase.

Piranesi’s series of prints, Le Carceri d’invenzione [Imaginary Prisons], is another example of capriccio, the creation of architectural fantasy. Click here for a virtual tour of Piranesi's Imaginary Prisons

These original prints are from the University Art Collection, a generous donation by Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts, Michael Aakhus and his late wife and associate professor of English, Patty Aakhus. This virtual exhibit is based on the physical exhibition displayed in the John M. Lawrence ’73 Library, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center (LA 0119) until the end of the semester. The Lawrence Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm until 4 pm, and also by appointment. Contact Susan Sauls at to arrange an appointment, evenings are available.

Ms. Cheyenne Miller ’22, art collections assistant, curated the physical exhibition and Mrs. Susan Colaricci Sauls ‘M16, director of University Art Collections, curated the virtual exhibition based on Ms. Miller’s work.

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