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Monumens Antiques Ou Collection Choisie D'Anciens Bas-Reliefs Et Fragmens Egiptiens, Grecs, Romains, Et Etrusques; Represantant Les Cérémonies religieuses, Sacrifices, Mariages, Bacchanales, Guerres, Batailles, et autres objets qui ont rapport a la Mythologie et a l'histoire de ces anciens Peuples. L'on y observera le génie, la belle composition et la perfection qu'ils avoient dans l'art du Dessein et de la Sculpture. Ouvrage Qui Contient Deux Cents Planches, Avec leur explication en Abrégé, La Plûpart Dessinées Et Gravées Par M. Barbault Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roi A Rome.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



A Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires rue du Cours près l'Eglise de Saint Marcel., MDCCLXXXIII. Avec permission des Supérieurs.

Physical Description

[4], 15, [1] p., engr. port., 94 pl. (most carrying 2, 3, or 4 separate engravings); 515 mm. (Broadsheet).


[T.p., frontis. (port.), dedic.] - Monumens Antiques Ou Collection Choisie ... Planche I(-XCI); Imprimatur - [Plates 1-94].

Responsibility Note

The portrait of Pope Pius VI is unsigned. Most plates are signed as drawn and engraved by Barbault; some have the signatures of other engravers - T. Bouchard, Montagu, 'JJ', Freicenet, J. Beheim; several are unsigned.

The book is dedicated by the publishers to Pope Pius VI.


C. Pietrangeli, Scavi e scoperte di antichità sotto il pontificato di Pio VI (1958).


Ordered to be purchased on 10 October 1788 (see RA Council Minutes II, 63); bought for £2 12s 6d. from Francesco Sastres on 3 November 1788 (see Sastres' bill for 'Books ordered by Mr Wilton for the use of the Royal Academy' dated thus).

Binding Note

Originally bound by John Miller in half russia for 15s. (see his bill dated 10 November 1788); rebacked and re-cornered in late 20th-century calf over original marbled-paper boards, with new green morocco spine-labels lettered 'Monumens Antiques' and 'RA'.

Name as Subject


Antiquities, Roman - Antiquities, Greek - Antiquities, Egyptian - Antiquities, Etruscan - Sculpture, Roman - Sculpture, Greek - Bas-reliefs
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


Pius VI Pope, dedicatee
Giovanni Bouchard, publisher, bookseller
Jean Joseph Gravier, publisher, bookseller
Thom. Bouchard, engraver
Domenico Montagu, engraver
Freicenet, engraver
Johann Beheim, engraver
Jean Barbault, source artist, draughtsman, engraver
Bouchard et Gravier (Rome), publisher, bookseller