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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 Sancto Bartolo delineata incisa In Quibus Plurima Ac Praeclarissima Ad Romanam Historiam Ac Veteres Mores Dignoscendos Ob Oculos Ponuntur Notis Io. Petri Bellorii Illustrata

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Hæc omnium, quæ extant nobilissima Romanæ magnitudinis monumenta ad perenne antiquitatis studium, ac decus cura, sumptibus, ac typis edita à Joanne Jacobo de Rubeis, restituit auxit Dominicus de Rubeis Chalcographus, Anno M.DC.XCIII., Romæ ad Templum Sæ. Mæ. de Pace, cum Privil. Summi Pont. et Licentia Superiorum.

Physical Description

84 pl. (incl. t.-pl., dedic.); 370×470 mm.


[T.pl., dedic.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Thirty-six plates are signed as drawn and engraved by Petrus Sanctus Bartolus; plate 30 is signed 'R.V.A f'; plates 53, 54 are signed 'PF'. The portrait of Cardinal Chigi above the dedication is signed 'V. Guigou fe'.

Twenty-six plates carry the imprint of the publisher Io. Iacob. de Rubeis; twenty, that of Dominicus de Rubeis (one, pl. 81, dated 1693).

The publication is dedicated by the publisher, Dominicus de Rubeis, to Cardinal Flavio Chigi.


RIBA, Early printed, 1 (1994), no. 206, p.116-7 [describes mainly a pre-1693 edition].

Summary Note

The sculptures shown are accompanied by a short explanatory caption, and statement of location. Several are from the collections of the Barberini, Medici, Borghese, Mattei, Giustiniani and Pamphili; a smaller number from the collections of the Mazarins, Montalto, Della Valle, the Queen of Sweden, Farnese, Massimi, Sacchetti and Vitelleschi; one is from the collection of Cardinal Flavio Chigi, to whom the work is dedicated. Others are from the Vatican and Capitoline collections, from churches and from the Forum of Nerva. Only one is shown from outside Rome, from the royal collection in Madrid.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

Imperfect; lacks plate 84.

Binding Note

Contemporary vellum; 18th-century calf spine, with gilt decoration and stamp 'R.A.'; black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Bartoli And Bellori Admir. Roman. Antiquit.'

Name as Subject


Sculpture, Roman - Statues - Bas-reliefs - Antiquities, Roman - Italy - Rome - History
Collections - Villas - Italy - Rome - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century


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