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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Zeitschrift für schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte
Volume (Issue) 76(4)
Page(s) 19 - 44
Title of proceedings Zeitschrift für schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte


The Zentralbibliothek Zurich holds an album with drawings of architectural motifs and decorative elements, which the architects David Vogel and Hans Caspar Escher brought home from their edu­ cational journeys to Rome in 1760 and 1790 respectively. This unu­ sual object is examined with the help of the correspondence between the two architects and letters from other contemporaries. Questions regarding the ascription of works, the phenomenon of copying drawings and the circulation of drawings are explored particularly in reference to Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the relatively unknown French draughtsman Nicolas Francois­Daniel Lhuillier. The provenance and types of drawings preserved in the album are closely related to the body of drawings and prints identified in 2014 as coming from Piranesi’s workshop (Fonds Friedrich Weinbrenner, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe). The Vogel­ Escher Album is therefore particularly significant in the context of the research project «Piranesi and his workshop».