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Raccolta Di Statue Antiche E Moderne Data In Luce Sotto I Gloriosi Auspici Della Santita Di N.S. Papa Clemente XI. Da Domenico de Rossi. Illustrata Colle sposizioni a ciascheduna immagine Di Pavolo Alessandro Maffei Patrizio Volterrano E Cav. Dell'Ordine Di S. Stefano E Della Guardia Pontificia

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In Roma: nella Stamperia alla Pace con Privilegio del Sommo Pont. e licenza de' Superiori, l'anno MDCCIV. [i.e. 1740?]

Physical Description

xii, [4] p., 170 columns on [85] p., [15] p., engr. dedic., engr. t.-pl., 162 pl.; 475 mm. (Folio).


[Engr. dedic., t.pl.] - All' Erudito Lettore Paolo Alessandro Maffei - Indice Delle Statue - Sposizioni Sopra Le Statue [I-CLXI] - Sposizioni Del Frontespizio, E Degli Altri Ornamenti - Indice Delle Materie - Imprimatur; [Colophon] - [Plates]. - [Note: in some copies the plates are bound in between the 'Indice Delle Statue' and the 'Sposizioni'.]

Responsibility Note

Pl. 129 is unsigned; all other plates and decorations are signed by draughtsmen and/or engravers. Draughtsmen were F. Aquila, N. Dorigny and R. v. Audenaert; the engravers, F. Aquila, P.S. Bartoli, C. Randon, N. Dorigny, G.B. de Poilly, R. v. Audenaert, F. Andriot, G. G. Frezza and F. de Poilly.

The name of the printer, Gaetano Zenobi, is given in the colophon.

Almost every plate carries the publisher's imprint of Domenico de' Rossi.

The publication is dedicated by Domenico de' Rossi to the Pope (Clement XI).


RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 1999, p.1050-1.

F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the antique: the lure of classical sculpture 1500-1900 (1982).

Summary Note

Most of the statues shown are ancient; but thirty-six plates show modern statues, by Bernini, Michelangelo, Giambologna, Fancelli, Andrea Lombardo, Lorenese, Baratta, Nocchieri, Algardi, Lorenzo de Credi, Duquesnoy and P. Ligorio. Some statues are shown from more than one angle. The Sposizioni describe 161 plates; the additional plate, numbered 162, shows a statue of Pope Paul IV ascribed to Pirro Ligorio. According to the RIBA catalogue the presence of this additional plate indicates that this set is from the 1740 reissue.


A resolution to purchase this book was passed at a meeting of the RA Council on 13 September 1787 (RA Council Minutes II, 47).

Copy Note

Preliminary leaf inscribed in ink in an unidentified hand, 'Form. AH M'; the verso of the engraved dedication is inscribed in pencil, 'Antiquit. Doubl. 422. Tripl. 148'.

Binding Note

18th-century calf, with gilt panelling on upper and lower covers; rebacked in 20th century; spine lettered 'Raccolta Di Statue Rossi'.


Sculpture, Greek - Sculpture, Roman - Sculpture, Italian - Statues - Italy - Rome - History
Collections - Italy - Rome - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


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