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Le Pitture Antiche Delle Grotte Di Roma, E Del Sepolcro De' Nasoni Disegnate, & intagliate alla similitudine degli Antichi Originali Da Pietro Santi Bartoli, E Francesco Bartoli Suo Figliuolo, Descritte, Et Illustrate Da Gio: Pietro Bellori, E Michelangelo Causei Dela Chausse.

Giovanni Pietro Bellori

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Roma: MDCCVI, Nella Nuova Stamparia di Gaetano degli Zenobi, avanti il Seminario Romano. Con Licenza De' Superiori. E Privilegio del Sommo Pontefice.

Physical Description

[12], 63, [1] p., 24, 35, 16 pl. (2 fold.): illus.; 364 mm. (Quarto).


[T.-p., dedic., poem by Michael Brugueres; privilege, imprimatur] - [Plates I-XXIV] - Proemio - Osservazioni Sopra Le Pitture Antiche Delle Grotte [on pl. I-XXIV] - [Plates I-XXXV] - Le Pitture Antiche Del Sepolcro De' Nasoni Descritte [on pl. I-XXXV] - [Plates I-XVI] - Appendice Di Alcune Memorie Sepolcrali [on pl. I-XVI] - Indice Delle Pitture ... Delle Memorie Sepolcrali [i.e. list of plates].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed.

The work is dedicated by Francesco Bartoli to Pope Clement XI. Plate X in the first group of plates carries its own dedication, 'Ioanni Baptistæ Tit. S. Cæsarei Cardli. Spinulæ ... Franciscus Bartolus'.

Summary Note

The part of the text that describes the tomb of the Nasonii was first issued in 1680 as Le pitture antiche del Sepolcro de' Nasonii nella Via Flaminia.

The plates show not only paintings but also stucchi, vases, lamps, sarcophagi, inscriptions, pavements, entrances and rooms.

An album of Bartoli's drawings of the tomb of the Nasonii was used by G. Turnbull for some plates in his A curious collection of ancient paintings (London, 1741), and is now in the Royal Collection at Windsor.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

20th-century blue-green half calf, green cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Pitture Antiche Di Roma R.A. 1706'

Name as Subject


Mural painting and decoration, Roman - Paintings, Roman - Paintings, European - Frescoes - Antiquities, Roman - Tombs - Pavements, Mosaic - Italy - Rome - History
Art history - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


Pietro Santi Bartoli, draughtsman, engraver
Francesco Bartoli, draughtsman, engraver
Michel Ange de La Chausse
Gaetano Zenobi, printer
Clement XI Pope, dedicatee
Giambattista Spinola Cardinal, dedicatee