ROSSINI (LUIGI) Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu interessanti vedute di Roma Antica, Rome, Presso l'autore, plates dated 1819-1823
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ROSSINI (LUIGI)
Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu interessanti vedute di Roma Antica, Rome, Presso l'autore, plates dated 1819-1823
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ROSSINI (LUIGI)
Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu interessanti vedute di Roma Antica, 101 plates by and after Rossini, without letterpress title, contemporary half vellum gilt over marbled boards, red morocco spine label [Berlin Kat 1916], large oblong folio (537 x 745mm.), Rome, Presso l'autore, plates dated 1819-1823

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  • A FINE COPY OF ROSSINI'S LARGE FORMAT SERIES OF VIEWS OF ROME. "The mantle of Piranesi fell on Luigi Rossini... His plates have strength, especially in dealing with masses of dark masonry" (A.M. Hind, A History of Engraving & Etching, p.232).

    Rossini (1790-1857) trained as an architect in Bologna but after moving to Rome in 1814, his financial situation deteriorated and he was forced to change career and become a professional artist and etcher. His depictions of the monumental aspect of the architecture of Rome, its bridges, pillars, arches and vaults, often overgrown, show echoes of his illustrious predecessor Piranesi.

    Le Antichità Romane was produced in collaboration with Bartolomeo Pinelli, who supplied the costumed figures which enliven Rossini's architectonic and archaeological views, and seems to have been first issued in 1823 as titled below the frontispiece ("Frontespizio delle Antichita Romane. Divise in cento Tavole"). It was reprinted in 1829 as Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu interessanti vedute di Roma Antica, but letterpress title-pages appear elusive for both editions. This copy is uniformly bound with Rossini's volume on the Roman countryside (see following lot).

    Provenance: private English collection since the 1970s.
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