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Illustri Fatti Farnesiani Coloriti Nel Palazzo Di Caprarola Dai Fratelli Taddeo Federico E Ottaviano Zuccari Pittori Celeberrimi De Tempo Loro Scolari Di Michelagnolo Bonaroti E Per Impulso Dell'Eminentiss. E Reverendiss. Sig. Cardinale Trojano D'Acquaviva D'Aragona Disegnati E Coll'Acqua Forte Incisi In Rame Da Giorgio Gasparo De Prenner E Dal Medesimo Alla Chiara Memoria Del Dett'Eminentiss. Principe Dedicati

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Physical Description

T.pl., engr. 'Indice', frontis. (port.), engr. dedic., XXI, XV, [5] pl.; 525 mm.

General Note

In the series of XXI numbered plates nos. XVII-XX are double. In the series of XV numbered plates nos. I, II, V, X and XIIII are double. In the series of five unnumbered plates all are double.


[T.pl.] - Indice: Scala de Fatti Farnesi I(-XXI); Anticamera del Concilio I(-XV) - [Frontis. (port.), dedic.] - [Plates I-XXI, I-XV, [1-5]].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and both numbered series of plates are signed as drawn and etched by G.G. Prenner. The five unnumbered plates are all signed as drawn and engraved by Giuseppe Vasi.


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3740.

Summary Note

Publication dates appear on all plates apart from the second of the five unnumbered plates. Dates in the first numbered series range from 1744 to 1747; in the second numbered series, from 1743 to 1745; in the unnumbered group, from 1746 to 1748.

The two series of numbered plates show paintings executed by Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese at the Villa Farnese, Caprarola, from ca. 1559 to 1569, and displaying accomplishments of the Farnese family. The five unnumbered plates show plans and views of the villa (designed by Vignola) and its gardens (designed by Vignola and Giacomo del Duca). The frontispiece is a portrait of the dedicatee, Cardinal Acquaviva D'Aragona.

Binding Note

18th-century vellum; red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Palazzo Di Caprarola Dia Zuccari' and 'Roma 1748'.

Name as Subject


Rulers - Celebrities - Publicizing - Italy - Lazio - Caprarola - History - 16th century
Paintings, Italian - Interior decoration - Villas - Italy - Lazio - Caprarola - Villa Farnese - History - 16th century - Mannerism
Architecture, Italian - Villas - Gardens - Italy - Lazio - Caprarola - History - 16th century
Views - Plans - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century