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Heroicæ Virtutis Imagines Quas Eques Petrus Berrettinus Cortonensis Pinxit Florentiæ In Ædibus Sereniss. Magni Ducis Hetruriæ In Tribus Cameris Iovis, Martis, et Veneris Curâ & sumptibus Joannis Jacobi de Rubeis, cum Privilegio Summi Pontificis.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Romæ,: Apud Dominicum de Rubeis ejusdem Joannis Jacobi Hæredem ad Templum S. Mariæ de Pace. Superiorum Permissu., [1693?]

Physical Description

[1] f., [25] pl. (10 dble.); 482 mm. (Folio).


[T.p.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Each plate carries the publisher's imprint, 'Io. Iacob. de Rubeis Romæ ad Temp. Pacis cu' Priv. S. Pont' - in plate [21] the date 'L'Anno 1686' is added; and in plate [22] the publisher's name, Io.Iacobus de Rubeis, appears as signatory to the dedication.

Plate 21 is unsigned, but all others are signed as painted by Petrus Berettinus Corton. (or similar), and (except pl. 22) as engraved by Cornel. Bloemart (6 pl.), Iac. Blondeau (6 pl.); L. Visscher, F. Spierre, Car. de la Haye (2 pl. each); Alb. Clouuet, Lauuers Coenradt, Gerardin, P. Simon or Bernardus Balliu (1 each).

The publication is dedicated by De' Rossi to Francesco Maria de' Medici, son of Cortona's patron, Grand-Duke Ferdinand II of Tuscany.

Summary Note

The plates show a suite of ceiling decorations made in 1641-1647 by Pietro da Cortona in the Pitti Palace, Florence, for Grand-Duke Ferdinand II of Tuscany. The scheme, devised by Francesco Rondinelli, shows the ideal ruler at various stages of his life (each stage governed by a presiding planet).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

19th-century marbled-papered boards. Rebacked and recornered with 20th-century mottled calf, retaining 18th-century spine-piece. Red, green and brown 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 2 others.

Name as Subject


Ceilings - Applied decoration - Interior decoration - Paintings, European - Paintings, Italian - Palaces - Italy - Florence - History - 17th century - Baroque
Rulers - Monarchs - Europe - Italy
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century