Closing weeks of Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess

At Sir John Soane’s Museum until 31 May 2014

With just one month to go, now is the time to visit this extraordinary exhibition. Rated four stars by the Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones, Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess has attracted a great level of attendance, as people have been flocking to see this unique collection of Piranesi’s fantastical images and larger than life physical 3-D reproductions.

Featuring a gold chair, bronze tripods, chimney pieces and even a silver coffee pot balancing on a tortoise, alongside original drawings from the Diverse Maniere books, this is definitely an exhibition of fantasy and excess. Produced by Factum Arte, the studio that is currently 3-D printing Tutankhamen’s Tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, this exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum gives us an intriguing insight into the work of Piranesi, and his long-lasting impact on modern design, as well as a glimpse on how modern technology is revolutionising the concept of original and copy.

©Alicia Guirao

©Alicia Guirao / Factum Arte