Excavating Design

Excavating Design: 18th century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection


The inaugural exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s new Ground Floor Gallery, Excavating Design showcases the Museum’s collection of works by 18th century artists such as Piranesi and Le Lorrain that express a fascination with the design vocabulary of ancient Rome. Also on view is a selection of period objects from the souvenir trade that was built around the ritual of the Grand Tour.
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