Le Più Insigne Pitture Parmensi Indicate Agli Amatori Delle Belle Arti.

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Indicazione Di Alcune Celebri Pitture Parmensi


Parma: Dalla Tipografia Bodoniana, MDCCCIX.

Physical Description

[10], L, [118], 7, [1], 7, [1] p., add. engr. t.pl., [59] pl.; 239 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

The plates do not themseves carry numbers, but are assigned numbers (I-LIX) in the letter-press text with which they are interleaved.


[Half-title, t.p., dedic. in Italian and French] - Prefazione Di Giambattista Bodoni / Jean-Baptiste Bodoni Au Lecteur - [Add. engr. t.pl.] - [Plates, with texts in Italian and French] - Indice Delle Pitture Contenute In Questo Volume Col Nome De' Loro Autori / Tables Des Peintures ... .

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed. But Bodoni states in his Prefazione that Francesco Vieira made the drawings, and Francesco Rosaspina the engravings.

The work is dedicated by Bodoni's widow, Margherita Bodoni Dall'Aglio, to Maria Luigia ... Duchessa Di Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla [formerly Empress Marie-Louise, consort of Napoleon].


G. de Lama, Vita del Cavaliere Giambattista Bodoni ... Ristampa ... cura di Leonardo Farinelli e Corrado Mingardi (1989); M.E. Cosenza, Biographical and bibliographical dictionary of the Italian printers and of foreign printers in Italy ... to 1800 (1968); G. Giani, Catalogo delle autentiche edizioni bodoniane (1948); H.C. Brooks, Compendiosa bibliografia di edizioni bodoniane (1927); R. Bertieri, L'arte di Giambattista Bodoni (1913).

Summary Note

Although a publication-date of 1809 is carried by the title-page, the date of 1816 is given in the dedication. Lama in his VitaDel Cavaliere Giambattista Bodoni (1816) states that the work did not come out until 1816. As well as in this quarto format, the work was also published in folio.

The title engraved on the added title-plate is, 'Indicazione Di Alcune Celebri Pitture Par[me]nsi'.

The plates show paintings by Antonio Allegri 'Correggio' (pl. [1-16]), Giulio Cesare Amidani (17, 18), Michelangelo Anselmi (19, 20), Sisto Badalocchio (21), Agostino Caracci (22-26), Annibale Caracci (27, 28), Giambattista Cima (29), Francesco Francia (30), Bernardino Gatti (31), Anonimo (32), Francesco Mazzola 'Parmigianino' (33-40), Girolamo Mazzola (41-46), Lelio Orsi (47), Giuseppe Ribera 'Spagnoletto' (48), Giuseppe Rondani (49-51), Rafaele Sanzio (52), Bartolommeo Schidoni (53), Leonello Spada (54-56), Alessandro Tiarini (57), Sebastiano Vercellesi (58), Anonimo (59).

All are images of Christ, the Blessed Virgin or other Christian saints, apart from four pictures by Agostino Carracci (pl. 23-26) showing figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

The work was intended by Bodoni to be a tribute to the people of his adopted city.

The plates include representations of several works carried off to Paris by Napoleon.


A front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'presented to the Library of The Royal Academy on 20th. January 1873. J.H. Anderdon'.

Copy Note

A front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'Lama - Le più insigni Pitture Parmensi. Parma. Bodoni.1809. This is a copy of the first Edition of which 60. Copies only were printed. It is not correctly described either by Lama or Brunet. The Plates including the Engraved Frontispiece are 60 in number. Neither the first or second Edition of this work was published in the lifetime of Bodoni. His Widow published both after his death with a dedication to Maria Louisa Duchess of Parma in 1816.'

This is followed by another inscription in ink, 'this note is by W. Hanrott. from whose magnificent Library I bought it 18 Dmr 1833. J.H. Anderdon' This is followed by seven lines in praise of Mazzuoli, written in Anderdon's hand.

Binding Note

19th-century green morocco, upper and lower covers having filt-stamped borders; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Pitture Parmensi - Lama. Parma Bodoni. 1809.'

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Saints - Iconography
Paintings - Italy - Emilia Romagna - Parma - History - 15th century - 16th century - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 19th century