Renowned as one of the finest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best know for his etched views of Rome and its antiquities, as well as for his highly influential suite of drawings entitled Carceri, or Imaginary Prisons. Trained as an architect, Piranesi revolutionized architecture and design through his combination of decorative elements and ornamental motifs from the Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman styles. Until recently, his work as the designer of interiors and furnishings has been largely uncelebrated. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. More than 250 integrated illustrations – See more at: http://shop.cooperhewitt.org/p/1374/Piranesi-as-Designer#sthash.3hhlC9QM.dpuf