How often have you eyed an attractive engraved frontispiece in an old book and thought to yourself that it might be fun to take some colored pencils or markers to it?  Of course we don’t permit such acts of vandalism in the Special Collections reading room!  Yet Special Collections around the world are inviting readers to “Color our Collections” this week by providing scans of selected works in black and white as “special” coloring books for adults, and encouraging artists to post the results on Twitter, with the hash tag #ColorOurCollections.  Today we offer to you a PDF of selected fantasy fireplace designs dreamed up by the 18th century artist, Piranesi, from the huge volume opened below (we faded them out a bit though, so that your beautiful colors shine through): https://library.osu.edu/downloads/rarebooks/images/PiranesiColoringPages-OSU_Special_Collections.pdf

Check back tomorrow to see what else we’ve got for you!

Piranesi frontispiece