De Obelisco Cæsaris Augusti E Campi Martii Ruderibus Nuper Eruto Commentarius Auctore Angelo Maria Bandinio Accedunt Cll. Virorum Epistolæ Atque Opuscula.
Angelo Maria Bandini
RA Collection: Book
Plates II and [III] are signed as drawn and engraved by J. Stuart; plates I and IV are unsigned. Head- and tailpieces, ornamental initials and the illustration on page xx are unsigned. The title-page vignette (on both title-pages) carries the initial of the publishers, 'NMP'.
The work is dedicated by the author to Pope Benedict XIV.
The publication-date of 1749 is carried by Plate II. The colophon following the 'Lettera Del Sig. Ernesto Freeman ... Del P. Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich' has the publication-date of 1751.
When this work was published, the obelisk had only recently been excavated (1748). Originally erected in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., it had been re-erected in Rome in 10 B.C. by Augustus, near his Ara Pacis, to serve as a meridian marker or as the gnomon of a sun-dial (its exact function is disputed). It had fallen some time after the eighth century, had been rediscovered in 1512, was excavated in 1748 - and would be re-erected in 1789 in Piazza di Montecitorio. In the late 15th century fragments of the adjacent pavement had also been found, carrying gilt-bronze and mosaic inlays; but these have been covered again.
Plate I/II shows two sides of the obelisk (captioned, 'Obelisci Sesostridis A Cæsare Augusto ... Devecti ... Delineatio'); plate [III] shows two sides of the apex ('Cuspidis Obelisci Descriptio'); Plate IV shows measured details of parts of the obelisk (uncaptioned). The illustration on page xx shows pulleys.
Which was seconded by Mr. Shee & passed unanimously.' (RA Council Minutes IV, 236).
First recorded in RA Library in 1821 (see A Catalogue of the Library in the Royal Academy, London, 1821, p. 15).
Name as Subject
Archaeology - Italy - Rome - History - 18th century
Pictorial works - 18th century