Oblong folio (410 x 510 mm approx.), comprising 84 numbered plates (including title and dedication to Flavio Chigi); some creasing and spotting to title, light marginal foxing, a few short closed marginal tears; overall very good in recent half spotted calf, marbled boards, spine in compartments, decorated and lettered in gilt.
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Admiranda Romanarum antiquitatum ac veteris sculpturae vestigia anaglyphico opere elaborata ex marmoreis exemplaribus quae Romae adhuc extant in capitolio aedibus hortisque virorum principum ad antiquam elegantiam a Petro Sancti Bartolo delineata incisa ... notis Io. Petri Bellorii illustrata ...
Revised edition (first c. 1685, with 81 plates) of this stunning record of ancient Roman sculpture by the engraver and painter Pietro Santi Bartoli (1615–1700), pupil of Poussin, antiquary to Christina, Queen of Sweden, and ‘indefatigable engraver of Roman monuments’ (Grove Art Online), with text supplied by the biographer and critic Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1613–1696). This edition differs considerably from the first, with thirty-three new plates replacing thirty-one from the original issue. The work was extremely popular, selling in large numbers well into the eighteenth century.
The sculptures here represented depict scenes from ancient Roman life (e.g. sacrifices and processions, charioteers and hunters, weddings and funerals) as well as from Greek and Roman mythology (including the Trojan War, Iphigenia at Aulis, the birth of Venus, Perseus and Andromeda, Bacchic revels, the abduction of Persephone, and Cupid and Psyche). They come from numerous sites across the city, including the gardens of the Villa Medici and Vatican, Palazzo Barberini, Villa Doria Pamphili, the Forum of Nerva, and Palazzo Farnese.
Brunet I, 759; Cicognara 3607.
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