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December 6, 2007–March 10, 2008 at the Getty Villa

Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette

Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette with Opinions on Architecture, and a Preface to a New Treatise on the Introduction and Progress of the Fine Arts in Europe in Ancient Times
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Translation by Caroline Beamish and David Britt
Introduction by John Wilton-Ely

Published in 1765, Piranesi's three-part polemical masterpiece is an impassioned defense of the superiority of Roman architectural "invention" over the "beautiful and noble simplicity" of ancient Greece.
(Paperback, $35)

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