Pitture Di Antonio Allegri Detto Il Correggio Esistenti In Parma Nel Monistero Di San Paolo

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Variant Title

Peintures D'Antoine Allegri Surnommé le Correge Qui Existent A Parme Dans Le Couvent De Saint Paul


Parma: Nel Regal Palazzo, MDCCC, Co' Tipi Bodoniani

Physical Description

[ii], xxxviii, [vi], xxxviii, [ii] p., [34] pl. (one fold.); 250 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p. in Italian] - Descrizione - [Two blank leaves] - [T.p. in French] - Description - [Section title, 'Pitture Del Correggio'] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed. L. Farinelli and C. Mingardi in their 1989 edition of Lama's Vita of Bodoni state that the plates were drawn by Francisco Vieira and engraved by Francesco Rosaspina.

The cataloguer of the National Art Library states that the text was written by Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi, and translated into French by Giuseppe de Lama.


M. Dall'Acqua et al., Il Monastero di San Paolo (1990); E. Panofsky, The iconography of Correggio's Camera di San Paolo (1961; rev. 1988); R. Longhi, Il Correggio e la Camera di San Paolo (1956; rev. 1988); I. Affò, Ragionamento sopra una stanza dipinta dal celeberrimo Antonio Allegri da Correggio nel monastero di San Paolo in Parma (1794).

On Bodoni see: G. Giani, Catalogo delle authentiche edizioni bodoniane (1948).

Summary Note

The work is printed first in Italian (in Roman type), then in French (in Italic). The French title-page reads, 'Peintures D'Antoine Allegri Surnommé Le Correge Qui Existent A Parme Dans Le Couvent De Saint Paul A Parme Dans Le Palais Royal MDCCC Avec Les Caracteres De Bodoni'. Bodoni's biographer, Giuseppe De Lama, states that the work was published in 'italiana, francese e spagnuola'.

The work describes the frescoes which Correggio painted ca. 1520 for the ceiling of the mother superior's dining-room in the convent of St. Paul, Parma, probably after a visit to Rome and contact with Raphael and his circle. Over the fireplace he painted the figure of Diana the huntress, goddess of chastity; and in the umbrella-vault an arbour with sixteen ovals, many showing putti, above sixteen grisaille lunettes based on ancient Roman coins and a frieze of rams' heads.

Here plate [1] (folding) is an overview of four sections of the vault, showing the arbour, four ovals, four lunettes and part of the frieze; pl. [2] shows Diana; the sixteen pl. [3-18] show the sixteen ovals, with putti; the sixteen pl. [19-34] show the sixteen lunettes and frieze. All plates except the first are printed in 'sanguine'.


Acquired between 1823 and April 1834. This title is included under the heading 'Painting & Sculpture' in Thomas Stothard's MS. list of additions to the Library [watermarked '1823'] loosely inserted in the master copy of the '1821' Library catalogue).

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, red paper-covered boards; black morocco spine label lettered 'Correggio Pitture Nel Monistero Di San Paolo', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1800'.

Name as Subject


Paintings, Italian - Frescoes - Mural painting and decoration - Ceilings - Interior decoration - Monasteries - Italy - Emilia Romagna - Parma - Monastero di San Paolo - History - 16th century - Renaissance
Art history - Italy - 19th century
Pictorial works - Typography - Italy - 19th century