Recueil De Têtes Choisies De Personnages Illustres Dans Les Lettres Et Dans Les Armes Exactement Dessinées Et Gravées De La Grandeur Des Originaux Par Paul Fidanza Peintre Romain D'Après Les Peintures De Raphaël D'Urbin Et Autres Grands Maîtres Existantes Au Vatican Et Dans Plusieurs galeries De Rome Ouvrage Contenant CLXXXX. Planches Tom. I. (II.)

RA Collection: Book

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A Rome: Chez Bouchard Et Gravier Libraires rue du Cours près l'Eglise de Saint Marcel., MDCCLXXXV. Avec Permission Des Supérieurs.

Physical Description

2 vols. in one (each vol. consisting of a title-page and 90 plates); 540 mm.

Responsibility Note

The name of the source artist is given with most of the engravings. Paolo Fidanza's signature as draughtsman and engraver appears on twenty-one plates of Volume I, and thirteen plates of Volume II.


Italy. Ministero Per I Beni Culturali E Ambientali. Istituto Nazionale Per la Grafica, Raphael Invenit Stampe Da Raffaello Nelle Collezioni Dell'Istituto Nazionale Per La Grafica Catalogo (1985), p.35 and 279, 46 and 305, 48 and 310, 56 and 336, 337.

Summary Note

Raphael is the only artist whose work is reproduced in Volume I, and he is the chief artist represented in Volume II; but the latter volume also shows work by Giulio Romano, Titian, Guido Reni, Fiamengo, the school of Carracci, Barocci, S. Gaetani, Mantegna, G. Cagnacci, Guercino, Poussin, Sebastiano del Piombo and Ag. Massucci.

All the paintings shown in Volume I are from the Vatican collection; those in Volume II are from the Vatican, S. Pietro in Montorio and the collections of the Valenti, Barberini, Orgiati, Doria Pamphili, Rospigliosi, Corsini, Marcolini, Albani, Bianconi, Spada and Orsini families.


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

Binding Note

Originally bound by John Miller in half russia for 18s. (see his bill dated 10 November 1788); rebacked and recornered in late 20th century calf, retaining original black morocco spine-label lettered 'Recueil Des Personnage Illustres' (this binder's title matches the abbreviated title on Miller's bill).

Name as Subject


Celebrities - Writers - Portraits - Heads - History
Paintings, European - Paintings, Italian - Italy - Rome - Vatican City - Vatican palace - History
Collections - Art galleries - Italy - Rome - Vatican City - Vatican Palace - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


Paolo Fidanza, draughtsman, engraver
Raphael, source artist
Giovanni Bouchard, publisher, bookseller
Jean Joseph Gravier, publisher, bookseller
John Miller, binder
Bouchard et Gravier (Rome), publisher, bookseller