Summer Film Night: Prisons of Invention by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

  • Date

    Friday, August 13 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 8:15pm

  • Location


This 12-minute animation of Piranesi’s Carceri d’Invenzione (Prisons of Invention) series, etched by Piranesi in the mid-1700s, was created and produced by artist Grégoire Dupond to reveal the inner workings of the artist’s imagination. They depict ancient Roman or Baroque ruins converted into fantastic, visionary dungeons filled with mysterious scaffolding and instruments of torture. Piranesi was an Italian draftsman, printmaker, architect, and art theorist. 


Run Time: 12 min 

Year: 2010 

Film by: Grégoire Dupond 

Available on Vimeo. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!