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Illustrazioni De' Monumenti Scelti Borghesiani Gia' Esistenti Nella Villa Sul Pincio Scritte Dal Celebre Ennio Quirino Visconti Membro Dell' Istituto Nazionale E Delle Piu' Rinomate Accademie D'Europa Date Ora Per La Prima Volta In Luce Dal Cav. Gio. Gherardo De Rossi E Da Stefano Piale Sotto La Cura Di Vincenzo Feoli. Tomo I. (II.)

Galleria Borghese (Rome)

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Monumenti Scelti Della Villa Pinciana


In Roma: MDCCCXXI., Nella Stamperia De Romanis. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 567 mm. (Broadsheet).

General Note

Vol. I: iv, [ii], 110 p., add. engr. t.pl., 48 pl. (The Academy's copy has pl. I, II in reverse order.) - Vol. II: [iv], 70 p., 32 pl.; [1] illus.


Vol. I: [Add. engr. t.-pl.] - Ai Lettori Gio. Gherardo De Rossi, E Stefano Piale - Indice De' Monumenti Contenuti In Questo Volume I - [Text with pl.] - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Indice De' Monumenti Contenuti In Questo Volume II; Approvazione; Imprimatur - [Text with pl.].

Responsibility Note

The added engraved title-plate and all numbered plates are signed by draughtsmen Agostino Tofanelli, Stefano Tofanelli, Bernardino Nocchi, Domenico de Angelis or Teodoro Matteini, and by engravers Pietro Fontana Veneto, P. Vitali, Pietro Bettelini, Giovanni Folo Veneto, Giovanni Brunetti da Ravenna, Giovanni Ottaviani, Francesco Cecchini, Gio. Batta. Leonetti, Girolamo Carattoni, Domenico Cunego, Luigi Cunego, Alessandro Mochetti, Luigi Pizzi, Angelo Campanella or Giacomo Bossi. The headpiece on p. 1 of Volume II is unsigned.


F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the antique (1981). On the Visconti family see D. Gallo, Visconti, 1791-1853 (1991). On Piale, R.T. Ridley, 'A forgotten topographer: Stefano Piale', in Xenia antiqua, 9 (2000), p. 179-200.

Summary Note

A title variant is, 'Monumenti Scelti Della Villa Pinciana' (added engraved title-plate). The publication-date of 1821 appears on the title pages. Earlier dates are carried by eleven plates in Volume I - 1792 (pl. 4, 5, 21), 1793 (pl. 9, 28), 1794 (pl. 40, 42, 44) or 1795 (pl. 7, 18, 34) - and by two plates in Volume II - 1795 (pl. 7, 29). The plates of Volume I show ancient full-length statues, of the Borghese warrior by Agasias (two plates), Greek gods and heroes and Roman historical figures; the last two show Egyptian deities. Those of Volume II show ancient bas-reliefs (including sarcophagi), of mythological subjects, the Borghese Vase, portrait busts (of Antinous, various emperors and empresses, and philosophers), a vase on an altar, two statues of Amor; and two modern statues, by Bernini (the Apollo and Daphne, and the David). The most celebrated sculptures in the collection were sold to Napoleon in 1807 by Prince Camillo Borghese, and are now in the Louvre. These include the 'Borghese Warrior' by Agasias (Vol. I. pl. 1, 2), the Zingarella/Diana (pl. 3), the Centaur with Cupid (pl. 4), Silenus with the Infant Bacchus (pl. 6), the camillus (pl. 14), the Diana 'de Gabies' (pl. 18), Faun with pipes (pl. 24), Hermaphroditus (26), Nymph with shell (32), Apollo Sauroctonus (40), the 'Borghese Dancers' (Vol. II. pl. 1), and the 'Borghese Vase' (II: 10, 11).

Binding Note

20th-century half blue morocco, blue cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Feoli - Monumenti Scelti Borghesiani Tomo I. (II.) R.A.'

Name as Subject


Mythology, Greek - Mythology, Roman - Celebrities, Roman - Portraits, Roman - Iconography
Sculpture, Greek - Sculpture, Roman - Statues, Greek - Statues, Roman - Bas-reliefs, Greek - Bas-reliefs, Roman - Sarcophagi - Italy - Rome - History
Sculpture, Italian - Italy - Rome - Villa Borghese - 17th century
Collections - Italy - Rome - Villa Borghese - 18th century - 19th century
Catalogues - Italy - 19th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 19th century