A Constructive and Speculative Case of Bullshit Art: the Etchings of G.B. Piranesi

Tanrıdağ S.

Polish Journal of Aesthetics, vol.63, no.4, pp.157-171, 2021 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.19205/63.21.9
  • Journal Name: Polish Journal of Aesthetics
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.157-171
  • Keywords: Bullshit Art, Fiction, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Objectivity, Rhetoric
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021, Jagiellonian University - Institute of Philosophy. All rights reserved.This article analyzes the constructive and speculative forms of bullshitting in the art field through the etchings of G. B. Piranesi. In reviewing the historical context and the allegorical and technical aspects of his etchings compared to H. Frankfurt’s definition of bullshit, the study contends these artworks’ propositional and unique rhetorical lan-guages. Consequently, it explores a potential form of bullshit art that is manipulative and fictional but also constructively critical.