The art of engraving has taken its place in art history by developing its techniques for centuries. In the beginning, engraving, which was used for reproduction purposes to ensure that art works reach more people and homes, has become an instrument of artistic expression on its own.
A Venetian Italian architect, architectural historian, archaeologist and thinker Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s (1720-1778) engravings known as the “Le Carceri” drawings are mysterious places that contain the different expressions of the reality they contain, their imaginary and ancient references, and their unknowns. Known as dungeon engravings in the history of art, these spaces are actually monumental, gigantic spaces with rows of staircases, mezzanines, domed interiors, with many different entrances and exits from the dungeon. In this report, the Piranesi engravings, which are not known by many people, will be examined in form and content and will be concluded by discussing on the visuals.
Key words: engraving, place, dungeon, architecture, design