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    "The Loves of the Gods"-Pietro Aquila's
    Engravings Reproducing the Famous
    Annibale Carracci Frescos in the
    Farnese Gallery, Palazzo Farnese, Rome

    Annibale Carracci. Galeriae Farnesianae icones Romae in aedibus sereniss. ducis Parmensis ab Annibale Carracio. [Rome]: Jo. Jacobi de Rubeis cura sumptibus ac typis excusae, [1686?]. Large folio (17.875 x 12.5 inches; 455 x 316 mm.). Double-page engraved title and sixteen (of twenty-three) engraved plates, including unnumbered dedication plate and plate with portrait of Carracci. Lacking plates numbered 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 12. All plates mounted on guards. Contemporary sprinkled calf. Spine tooled in gilt in compartments with seven raised bands and evidence of a leather title label (now lost). Board edges decoratively tooled in gilt. Binding quite rubbed. Endpapers browned at the edges from turn-ins; minor worming to lower edge of rear pastedown. Some edge browning and chipping; a few small spots or stains.
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    "The Loves of the Gods is a monumental fresco cycle, completed by the Bolognese artist Annibale Carracci [1560-1609] and his studio, in the Farnese Gallery which is located in the west wing of the Palazzo Farnese, now the French Embassy, in Rome, Italy. The frescoes were greatly admired at the time, and were later considered to reflect a significant change in painting style away from sixteenth century Mannerism to anticipation of the development of Baroque and Classicism in Rome during the seventeenth century. Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, Pope Paul III's nephew, commissioned Annibale Carracci and his workshop to decorate the barrel-vaulted gallery on the piano nobile of the family palace. Work was started in 1597 and was not entirely finished until 1608, one year before Annibale's death. His brother Agostino joined him from 1597-1600, and other artists in the workshop included Giovanni Lanfranco, Francesco Albani, Domenichino and Sisto Badalocchio. The Farnese Gallery consists of profusely decorated quadratura and framed mythological scenes" (Wikipedia).

    Brunet I, column 1597. Graesse, page 54.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    5th Wednesday
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