Saturday, September 10, 2011

Figure Engravings from the Museum Odescalchum

 Venus
 Apollo and Mars, Cupid, Apollo
 Aurora and Cephalus. Gladiators, Peace
Summer, Fall, Hercules
 Hercules, Spring, Mars

These engravings are from Museum Odescalchum; sive Thesaurus antiquarum Gemmarum . . . quae a Christina Suecorum Reginae collectae in Museo Odescalcho adservantur . . . cum Commentario Nicolai Galeotti. by Niccolo Galeotti / Pietro Santo Bartoli, Rome, Italy, 1751-1752. They illustrate the former gem collection of queen Christina of Sweden, then kept in the collection of the Odescalchi family in Rome. The engravings are engraved by the Perugia, Italy born Pietro Santo Bartoli (1635-1700). He was a student of the French artist Poussin. His nickname was Perugino.

From Museums, their history and their use: By David Murray
Odescalchi (livio), Duke of Bracciano, 1663-1713. 38 Museum Odescalchum; sive Thesaurus antiquarum Gemmarum . . . quae a Christina Suecorum Reginae collectae in Museo Odescalcho adservantur . . . cum Commentario Nicolai Galeotti. fol. 2 vol. Romae, 1751-52. 49 and S3 plates. 43 of the plates had been published in 1702, with Portrait of Odescalchi. After Odescalchi's death the collections of Queen Christina were purchased by Philip V. of Spain (d. 1746), and placed in the Palace of San Ildefonso, from whence they were transferred to Madrid in 1836. Httbner, Antike Bildwerke in Madrid, p. 14, Berlin, 1862. Odessa.

The prints are for sale on Ebay.

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