The Giant Wheel (Plate IX of the Second Edition, Second Issue, of the Carceri)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hind 009, ii/iii; Focillon 32; Robison 35, vi/viii or vii/viii (Second Edition, Third Issue, through early printings of Fifth Edition, c. 1765-1835); Ficacci 118


Sheet: 80 x 56.5 cm (31 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.) Platemark: 41.1 x 55.6 cm (16 3/16 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



It is difficult to tell from Andrew Robison’s catalogue raisonné whether this is his sixth or seventh state. It is undoubtedly the seventh state, however, since it is part of a gift of plates of the Carceri, the others of which are from the Second Edition, Fourth Issue, through early printings of the Fifth Edition, c. 1775-1835.
S. A. Bergquist Nov. 13, 2015


Verso, lower center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)


1921, gift of Miss Ellen Twistleton Bullard (b. 1865 - d. 1959), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen T. Bullard