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La Libreria Mediceo-Laurenziana Architettura Di Michelagnolo Buonaruotti Disegnata, E Illustrata Da Giuseppe Ignazio Rossi Architetto Fiorentino A S. Altezza Elettorale La Serenissima Anna Maria Luisa Elettrice Palatina Del Reno, ec. Gran Principessa Di Toscana, ec.

Giuseppe Ignazio Rossi

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Firenze,: L'Anno MDCCXXXIX., Nella Stamperia Granducale, Per I Tartini, E Franchi Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

[32], xxxiii, [i] p., frontis. (port.), port., 22 pl. (3 dble.); 481 mm. (Quarto).


[Half-t., front. (port.), t.-p., dedic.] - Elogi Da piĆ¹, e diversi Scrittori Latini, e Toscani fatti all'inclita Libreria di San Lorenzo ... - Zanobi Filippo Rossi Degli Studi Fatti Da Suo Padre Disegnatore Di Quest' Opera - [Port.] - Prefazione Di Giuseppe Ignazio Rossi - Descrizione Delle Tavole - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The numbered plates are all signed as drawn by G. I. Delrosso. All are signed as engraved by B. Sgrilli, apart from no. 15, signed by C. Gregori, and nos. 16-18, signed by V. Franceschini. The frontispiece portrait of Michelangelo is signed as drawn by G.I. Delrosso and engraved by B. Sgrilli. The portrait of Giuseppe Ignazio Rossi is signed as engraved by C. Gregori. The title-page vignette, decorated initials and headpieces are signed as drawn by G. Menabuoni or G. F. Ciocchi, and engraved by I. Papini or B. Sgrilli. The dedication by Zanobi Filippo Rossi is to Anna Maria Luisa, Electress Palatine and Grand Princess of Tuscany.


E. Bottasso, Storia della biblioteca in Italia (1984); N. Pevsner, 'Libraries', in A history of building types (1976), p. 91-110; G.C. Argan and B. Contardi, Michelangelo architetto (1990), (English tr. by M.L. Grayson, 1993); J. Ackerman, The architecture of Michelangelo, 2 v. (1961, rev. 2/1986); P. Portoghesi, 'Le strutture della Laurenziana', in Boll. Ingeg., 2/3 (1965), p. 29-35; R. Wittkower, 'Michelangelo's Biblioteca Laurenziana', in A. Bull., XVI (1934), p. 123-218, also in Idea and image (1978).

Summary Note

The work describes the library designed and built at Florence by Michelangelo between 1525 and 1562.


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

18th-century calf, a coat-of-arms gilt-stamped on upper and lower covers; gilt-decorated spine, with red morocco spine-labels lettered 'La Libreria Medic: Laurenz. Archit: Di Michel: Buonarr:'.

Name as Subject


Libraries - Public buildings - Architecture, Italian - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - History - 16th century - Mannerism
Art history - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Armorial bindings - Italy - 18th century