Item #11299 Imagines Farnesiani Cvbicvli. Annibale Carracci.
Imagines Farnesiani Cvbicvli.
Imagines Farnesiani Cvbicvli.
Imagines Farnesiani Cvbicvli.
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Imagines Farnesiani Cvbicvli.

Rome, G.G. de Rossi c. 1690.

Large folio (478 x 345 mm.). Thirteen leaves (Pietro Aquila after Annibale Carracci) including the title, together TWENTY-FOUR IMAGES ON ONE FOLDING, FOUR DOUBLE-PAGE AND SEVEN FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED LEAVES.

Blind-ruled recent half-maroon morocco and marbled boards (bumped), gilt-lettered spine.

Between 1595 and 1597, Carracci and members of his workshop decorated the ceiling of a private room in the palace of Cardinal Odoardo Farnese (1573-1626). Annibale created the pictorial-architectural illusion of a series of gold-framed paintings hung from the vault, center and sides. Humanist Fulvio Orsini (1529-1600) provided the allegorical and mythological narrative, Virtue overcoming Hardship. Sometime before 1677, Pietro Aquila (d. 1692) cut these engravings to eclipse rival artist Carlo Cesio’s Farnese series. Good impressions, plates 3 and 4 trimmed on the right into the platemark (not affecting image), fold on the last leaf repaired on the blank verso.
¶Rossetti, Rome: A Bibliography 488 “[ca. 1690]”); Cicognara, Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte e d’antichità 3456(2); Besterman, Old Art Books 21; Guilmard, Les Maîtres ornemanistes 319; Le Blanc, Manuel de l’amateur d’estampes I: 53,65-77.

Item #11299

Price: $1,950.00

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