Exploring the relationship between Sir John Soane and the great Italian printmaker, antiquarian and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Large-scale 3D print sculptures reproduce designs visualised by Piranesi​ in the publications Diverse Maniere d’Adornare i Cammini and Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, but which were never realised during his lifetime.

Working with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and design studio Factum Arte, the pieces have been produced using specialist modelling and printing technologies and include bronze tripods, porphyry altars, gilt chairs, shell-shaped silver coffee pots and candelabra. These are shown alongside the Piranesi prints upon which the designers have based their creations. ​

Also on display are a selection of rarely seen drawings from the Soane Office, which illustrate how Sir John Soane looked to Piranesi for inspiration.

Having met in 1778 during Soane's educational Grand Tour of Italy, he was greatly impressed by Piranesi and credited him as the major influence behind the architecture of No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, Greater London, WC2A 3BP

020 7405 2107


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