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Galeriae Farnesianæ Icones Romae In Aedibus Sereniss. Ducis parmensis Ab Annibale Carracio Ad Veterum Aemulatione' Posterumq. Admiratione' Coloribus Expressae Cum Ipsarum Monocromatibus Et Ornamentis A Pietro Aquila Delineatæ Incisæ

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Jo: Jacobi. de. Rubeis. cura. sumptibus ac. typis. excusae, Romæ ad Templum S. Mariæ de Pace cum Privil Summi Pontificis: [1677]

Physical Description

[4], 21 pl. (all dble. except 11, 13; pl. 16-21 also numbered Tabula I-VI)); 479 mm. (Folio).


[T.-pl., engr. dedic., allegoric pl., port. of Annib. Carracci] - [21 plates].

Responsibility Note

The engraved dedication is signed as designed and engraved by Petrus Aquila. The next two unnumbered plates (allegory, and port. of Carracci) are signed as designed and drawn by Carolus Marattus and engraved by Petrus Aquila. The numbered plates are all signed as painted by Annibal. Carraccius, and drawn and engraved by Petrus Aquila.

Each plate carries the publisher's imprint of Io. Iacob. de Rubeis (i.e. Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi).

The work is dedicated by the publisher to 'Francisco Mariæ Phoebeo' (i.e. Francesco Maria Febi, titular bishop of Tarsus).


Annibale Carracci e i suoi incisori [exhibition catalogue] (Rome, 1986), p.169-182.

Summary Note

No publication date is given on the title plate; but the commemorative portrait of Annibale Carracci (plate [4]) carries the date of 1674, and the set is listed in the Indice de Rossi of 1677 as published in that year.

The plates show Annibale Carracci's decorations of the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the gallery of the Palazzo Farnese, which he carried out between 1597 and 1601 for Cardinal Odoardo Farnese.

They depict Greek and Roman myths exemplifying the triumph of love.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

The plates are numbered in graphite, 18-42.

Binding Note

19th-century marbled-papered boards; 20th century half mottled calf, retaining 18th-century spine piece, spine labels lettered, 'F. Albani Picturae In Aede Verospia Romæ. 1704' and 'Galeriae Farnesianae Icones Ab Annibale Carracio Romæ. ND' and 'Heroicae Virtutis Imagines Ab Petrus Berrettinus Cortonensis Romæ. ND'. Bound with two others.

Name as Subject


Mural painting and decoration - Paintings, Italian - Ceilings - Applied decoration - Interior decoration - Palaces - Italy - Rome - Palazzo Farnese (Rome) - History - 16th century - 17th century - Baroque
Mythology, Greek - Mythology, Roman - Iconography
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century