Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 16, repr.
Dervaux, Isabelle. Drawing connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the old masters. New York: Morgan Library & Museum, 2007, p. 31-32 (repr.)
Watermark: Fragment of circle.
Vaulted interiors with thick piers and heavy masonry were part of the standard repertoire of stage designers and architectural draftsman before Piranesi's time. Interiors akin to the one seen here can be found in drawings by Ferdinando Galli Bibiena, Filippo Juvarra, and others. They are often misidentified as prison interiors, even when there is no hint of the building being used for confinement or punishment. Nonetheless, the high arches and shadowy recesses resemble those in the Dark prison plate of the Prima parte. In retrospect, we can see Piranesi considering the kind of spaces that would appear in his Carceri a few years later.