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Imagines Farnesiani Cubiculi Cum Ipsarum Monocromatibus Et Ornamentis Romæ In Aedibus Sereniss. Ducis Parmensis Ab Annibale Carraccio Aeternitati Pictae. A Petro Aquila Delineatæ Incisæ.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Io. Iacobus. de Rubeis cura, sumptibus, ac typis editæ, Romæ ad Templ. S. Mariæ de Pace cù Priv. S. Pont.: [ca. 1677?]

Physical Description

13 pl.; 425×547 mm. (Oblong.)

General Note

The set of plates was earlier issued without numbers.


[T.pl.] - [Pl. 2-13].

Responsibility Note

Plates 2-13 are all signed as painted by Annibal Carraccius and drawn and engraved by Petrus Aquila.

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

The second plate carries a dedication of the whole series ('Heroicae Virtutis Imagines') from the publisher to Cardinal César D'Estrées.


Annibale Carracci e i suoi incisori [exhibition catalogue] (Rome, 1968), p.73-80.

J.R. Martin, 'Immagini della virtù: the paintings of the Camerino Farnese', in A. Bull., 38 (1956), p.91-112.

Summary Note

No date of publication is given on the title-plate or elsewhere; but the set is mentioned in the Indice De Rossi of 1677.

The plates show the frescoes painted by Annibale Carracci in 1596-7 for Cardinal Odoardo Farnese on the ceiling of the Camerino Farnese in the Farnese Palace, Rome. They depict the achievements of Hercules and other allegoric scenes.


Prince Hoare Bequest (1835).

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Annibale Caracci. L'Enea Vagante Inc Mitelli Romæ 166' and 'Imagines Farnesia Cubiculi Ab Annibale Carracci Romæ N.D.' Bound with one other.

Name as Subject


Mythology, Greek - Heroes - Iconography
Paintings, Italian - Frescoes - Ceilings - Interior Decoration - Palaces - Italy - Rome - Palazzo Farnese - History - 16th century - Baroque
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century


Prince Hoare, previous owner, donor
Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi, publisher
Annibale Carracci, source artist
Pietro Aquila, draughtsman, engraver
César d' Estrées Cardinal, dedicatee