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Pitture Scelte E Dichiarate Da Carla Caterina Patina, Parigina, Accademica.

Charlotte Catherine Patin

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Colonia, -: Appresso Pietro Marteau., Si vendono in Venezia: dall'Hertz., M.DC.LXXXXI. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

222 p. (incl. 40 pl., some dble., some dble. and fold.); 379 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

The forty plates are plates not conjugate with the signatures of the letter-press text, but (although they carry no page numbers) have been included in the pagination, each single plate being treated as 2 pages, each double as 4 pages, each double and folded as 6 pages. Pages 207-10 of the letterpress text do not carry page-numbers.


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione - Indice Delle Pitture - [Text and plates].

Responsibility Note

The added engraved title-plate is signed as designed by Dorigny and engraved by Iuster.

Almost all plates are signed or captioned with the name of the source-artist. Most are also signed with the name of the draughtsman (N.R. Cochin, N. Cochin, H. Vincent) and engraver (N.R. Cochin, M(art). Desbois, I.I. Thourneijser (or Thourneyser) fil., N(atal). Cochin, Ioseph Iuster, H. Vincent).

The title-page vignette is signed as painted by Guido Rhenius and engraved by Desbois.

The work is dedicated by Carla Caterina Patina to the Republic of Venice.

Summary Note

Plate [31] carries the publication-date of 1690.

This work was also published the same year at Padua under the Latin title, Tabellæ Selectæ Ac Explicatæ ....

The text includes (p.[207-10]) a reprint of 'Oratio De Liberata Civitate Vienna ... A Carola Catharina Patina' (first published in 1683).

The added engraved title-plate shows three female figures representing Christianity, Painting and Literature. The plates show eleven paintings by Veronese, ten by Titian, four by unnamed painters, two by Annibale Carracci, and one each by Poussin, Leonardo, Varotari, Vicentino, Carlo Calliari, Tintoretto, G. Bassano, Guercino, L. Carracci, G. Olbenio and N. Jouvenet. Plates [1]-[33] are of Christian subjects; [34]-[37], of pagan myths; plate [38] shows the Liberation of Vienna in 1683; plate [39], the Family of Thomas More by G. Olbenio [Holbein]; [40], the Patina Family by N. Jouvenet. The text also indicates the then location of each picture.

The title-page vignette shows a female saint carrying a child (the Virgin and Christ-Child?): she is reading and the print is captioned, 'Quae Studet, Orat'.


The front pastedown carries a 19th-century bookplate inscribed in ink, 'J.H.A. 7- April 1830.' and a pasted-in slip of paper, inscribed in ink 'Presented to The Library of The Royal Academy by J.H. Anderdon. 28 April 1874.' The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, '10/6 J.H. Anderdon. 7 April 1830. 40. plates.', and in pencil 'A' (?).

The title page carries a library stamp, incorporating the initials WS or SW beneath a cross within a cartouche.

Copy Note

Imperfect: wanting plates [39] (the Family of Thomas More by Holbein) and [40](the Patina Family by Jouvenet). (These were present in 1830: the front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, '10/6 J.H. Anderdon. 7 April 1830. 40. plates.').

The front free-endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'vide 32. for a beautiful work after Leonardo Da Vinci see also the Peter Martyr of Titian & the Bacchus & Ariadne', and in pencil, 'vide p.32-174 L da Vinci' and 'a very curious & scarce Work'. Page 32 carries a slip bearing annotation in ink; pages 33, 89 carry footnotes in pencil.

Binding Note

17th-century mottled calf; rebacked in 20th century, gilt-decorated spine, black morocco spine-label lettered 'Piture Scelte'.

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Saints
Mythology, Greek
Paintings, Italian - Italy - 16th century - 17th century
Art criticism - Italy - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century


Pierre Marteau, publisher
Giovanni Giacomo Hertz, publisher
Sir Nicolas Dorigny, draughtsman, source artist
Ioseph Iuster, engraver
N. R. Cochin, draughtsman, engraver
Noel Cochin, draughtsman, engraver
H. Vincent, draughtsman, engraver
Martial Desbois, engraver
Johann Jakob Thurneysen filius, engraver
James Hughes Anderdon, previous owner, donor
Paolo Veronese, source artist
Titian, source artist
Venice, dedicatee