Mediumof the Artist
This art displayed in the picture above is an etching created by Giovanni Piranesi in 1750. It is a "First-state impression of 'The Drawbridge'," one of his "Carceri" series or works. The striking quality of this work comes from its intricacy and the fact that it is an etching. Historically, etchings were prints made from engraved metal plates covered with ink. Knowing the method of creation for this work gives an impression of the artist's dedication and patience, as each line on the paper reflects the presence of a delicately carved groove in the original metal plate. The work communicates attention, devotion, and passion. It evokes a feeling of awe, and reverence.