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Descrizione Ragionata Della Sagrosanta Patriarcal Basilica E Cappella Papale Di S. Francesco D'Assisi Nella Quale Recentimente Si E' Ritrovato Il Sepolcro E Il Corpo Di Si' Gran Santo E Delle Pitture E Sculture Di Cui Va Ornato Il Medesimo Tempio Umiliata Alla Santità Di Nostro Signore Papa Pio Settimo Dall'Avvocato Carlo Fea Commissario Delle Antichità

Carlo Fea

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Roma: Nella Stamperia Camerale, MDCCCXX.

Physical Description

xxii, [2], 48 p., 11 pl.; 445 mm. (Folio.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Prefazione - Indice Delle Varie Parti Dell'Opera - Approvazione; Imprimatur - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The Indice states that the text of the Description was the work of Sig. Ranghiasci.

Most plates and the title-page vignette are signed as drawn by G.B. Mariani and engraved by G.B. Cipriani. Some name the source-artist Giotto.

The work is dedicated by Carlo Fea to Pope Pius VII.


R.T. Ridley, The Pope's Archaeologist the life and times of Carlo Fea (2000).

Summary Note

Plate 11 carries the date 1819.

In his preface and notes Fea defends the authenticity of the tomb.

The plates are captioned in Italian and show: 1, 2. View and plan of the basilica; 3. Plan and section of the tomb; 4. Portrait of St Francis by Giunta Pisano; 5-8. Paintings of the Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Glory of St Francis, by Giotto; 9, 10. Sections of the church of St Francis; 11. the tomb while open 26 December 1818 - 1 January 1819.


The front pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'Thos. Willement'.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Cappella S. Francesco D'Assisi'.

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Saints
Paintings - Narrative art - Mural painting and decoration - Architecture - Tombs - Relics - Churches - Basilica of St. Francis - Italy - Umbria - Assisi - History - 12th century - 13th century - 14th century
Excavations (archaeology) - Italy - Umbria - Assisi - History - 19th century
Reports - Italy - 19th century