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[pee-rah-ne-zee] /ˌpi rɑˈnɛ zi/
[jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA),
or Giovanni Battista
[jaw-vahn-nee baht-tees-tah] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA),
1720–78, Italian architect and engraver. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A fine bit of old-fashioned romance is conjured up; also memories of Piranesi.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • Inscriptions relating to the temple: Piranesi (see below), pl.

  • The man who has understood Rome best, in this respect, is Piranesi.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
  • Piranesi saw the name of Faustina stamped on one of the bricks.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Three of the wonderful and terrible pictures of Piranesi hung in the room; these Mr.

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • Whatever is to become of poor Piranesi, you suppose at least that his labours must in some way terminate here.

  • The walls were covered with views of ancient Rome and engravings by Piranesi.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • The Lille relief has a wonderful background, full of hidden things, reminding one of the mysterious etchings of Piranesi.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • Lorenzo brought from his library a volume of Piranesi, and another of engravings from the heads of Vandyke.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Their purpose inspired the strange and sinister side of Piranesi's genius in his famous imaginative series of "Carcere."

British Dictionary definitions for Piranesi


/Italian piraˈneːsi/
Giambattista (dʒambatˈtista). 1720–78, Italian etcher and architect: etchings include Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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