Alcune Composizioni Di Diversi Autori In Lode Del Ritratto Della Sabina. Scolpito in Marmo dall'Eccellentissimo M. Giovanni Bologna, posto nella piazza del Serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana. [Device]
RA Collection: Book
The publication is dedicated by Michelagnolo Sermartelli to Bernardo Vecchietti.
The verses are in praise of Giambologna's three-figure statue of the Rape of a Sabine; which he made in 1581 and 1582 for the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. (Giambologna's wax models for this composition are preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.) The legend of the abduction of Sabine women by the Romans in order to populate their own state is told by Livy and by Plutarch. The subject has been treated by Poussin, Rubens, David, Picasso and others.
The three woodcuts show:  the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence; [2, 3] two views of the statue. The booklet is further decorated with headpieces, tailpieces, decorated initials and a title-page vignette.
Name as Subject
Sculpture - Statues - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - 16th century
Art criticism - Italian poetry - Italy - 16th century
Pictorial works - Woodcuts - Italy - 16th century