October 20, 2021

“Piranesi on the Page” Exhibit At Princeton University Library

“LE ANTICHITA ROMANE”: This work is part of “Piranesi on the Page,” now on view in the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery of the Princeton University Library. Visit library.princeton.edu/Piranesi for reservations. (Photo by Brandon Johnson)

Princeton University Library now presents its newest exhibition in the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery, “Piranesi on the Page,” which tells the story of how Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), the foremost printmaker in 18th-century Europe, made the book the center of his artistic production. The exhibition is open to the public through a reservation system.

Celebrating Princeton University’s collection of Piranesi works, the exhibition draws from the Library’s Special Collections including Graphic Arts, Numismatic, and Rare Books; the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology; and the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibition also features a number of loans from national and international collections, including several works that will be on display for the first time.

The exhibition is curated by Heather Hyde Minor, professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame and Carolyn Yerkes, associate professor of early modern architecture at Princeton University.

Members of the public can reserve 50-minute viewing slots on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please note that all visitors must be fully vaccinated and wear face coverings. The gallery and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

For more information about the exhibition or to book your visit, go to library.princeton.edu/Piranesi.