Recueil D'Estampes D'Apres Les Plus Celebres Tableaux De La Galerie Royale De Dresde. I. (II.) Volume. Contenant Cinquante Pieces Avec Une Description De Chaque Tableau En François Et En Italien.
RA Collection: Book
The frontispiece portraits are signed - Volume I as painted by Hiacinthe Rigaud and engraved by J.J. Balechou, Volume II as painted by Louis de Silvestre and engraved by J. Daullé. The unnumbered plates (plan in Volume I, elevation in Volume II) are unsigned. The numbered plates are signed by draughtsman and engraver - draughtsmen Charles Hut(t)in, Joan. Bapt. Internari, Francesco Gandini, Math. Oesterreich, Stef. Torelli, Marcello Bacciarelli(n), J.B. Bacciarelli, Fre. Bacciarelli née Richter, P. Hutin, Ant. Kern, J. Camerata, C.F. Boëce (vol. I. pl. 34 and vol. II. pl. 30, 41, 50 are unsigned by a draughtsman), and engravers Etienne Fessard, Nicolas Dauphin de Beauvais, Philippe André Kilian, Jean Daullé, Noël Le Mire, Jacob Folkema, Pierre Etienne Moitte (or Moëtte), Louis Surugue (père), Jean Jacques Flipart, François Basan, Jean Martin Preisler, Giuseppe Camarata, Michel Keyl, Nicolas Dupuis, J. Tardieu (described in the Liste as Nicolas Tardieu), Pierre Louis Surugue (fils), Simon Fokke, Marc Pitteri, Pietro Campana, Charles.Louis Wüst, Giuseppe Canale Romano with Jacques Beauvarlet (or Bovarlet), Joseph Wagner, Pierre Tanjé, Pierre Aveline, Claude Duflos, Claude Donat Jardinier, Lorenzo Zucchi, Chrêtien Frederic Boëce, Jean Christophe Teucher, Michel Auber, Louis Jacob, Jacques Houbraken, Pierre Chenu, J. Punt, Louis Lempereur, Antoine Radigues, Dominique Sornique, Gaillard, Francesco Zucchi, Jean Elie Ridinger, Jacques Aliamet.
The two title-page vignettes are signed as drawn by Ch. Eisen and engraved by Noel Le Mire; other in-text decorations are unsigned.
The printer is named in the colophon: 'Imprimé À Dresde, Chez Chrêtien Henri Hagenmüller'.
The work describes the rich collection of paintings brought together by Augustus III. By the time of his father, Augustus 'the Strong', Electors of Saxony had bought pictures by Cranach, Dürer, Tintoretto, Titian, Rubens and others; to which Augustus III added works by Correggio, Titian, Veronese, Velázquez, Rubens and Holbein, and in 1754 Raphael's Sistine Madonna. The gallery made to house the collection (shown here in the two unnumbered plates) struck Goethe with a feeling 'akin to the sensation one has on entering a church', and its educational value was stressed by Winckelmann ('In the interest of promoting good taste the greatest treasures ... have been place here for all the world to view') and by Heinecken (who declares in the text that the gallery made it possible 'to learn under one roof ... things that otherwise must be sought in a great many books'). Throughout its history the Gallery was viewed as a most important partner of the Dresden Academy.
The numbered plates show paintings (in Volume I) by Correggio (4), Parmegianino, Niccolo dell'Abbate, Andrea del Sarto (2), Giulio Romano, Titian (4), Veronese (3), Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Ann. Carracci (4), Guido (3), Vanni, Feti, Ribera 'Espagnolet' (5), Calabrese (3), Luca Giordano (6), Carlino Dolci (3), Carlo Maratti (2), Carlo Cignani, Giambattista Langhetti, Rubens (3); (in Volume II) by carreggio (2), Parmigianino (2), Leonardo da Vinci, G. Bellini, Dosso da Ferrara, Titian, Veronese (2), Tintoretto, Gius. Porta, Giac. da Ponte Bassano, Franc. Bassano, Aless. Turchi, Seb. Ricci, Franc. Francia, Camillo Procaccini, Ann. Carracci, Guido Reni, Franc. Albano, Guercino (2), Giovanni Lanfranco, Aless. Tiarini, Simone Cantarini da Pesaro, Ipp. Scarsellino Ferrarese, Caravaggio, D. Feti (2), Gian Benedetto Castiglione (2), Bart. Biscaino, J. Ribera, And. Vaccaro, L. Giordano (4), Franc. Solimena, Paolo Pagani, Jan Holbein, P.P. Rubens (3), Rembrandt (2), Van Dyck, Nicolas Berghem.
The numbered plates are preceded in Volume I by an unnumbered plate showing a plan of the gallery, and a frontispiece portrait of Augustus III, King of Poland, Elector of Saxony; in Volume II by an unnumbered plate showing two elevations of the gallery, and a frontispiece portrait of Marie Josephe, Queen of Poland, Electress of Saxony. In-text illustrations consist of two title-page vignettes, two headpiece and decorated initials.
Name as Subject
Jusepe de Ribera
Augustus III Elector of Saxony, King of Poland
Collections - Galleries - Museums - Germany - Saxony - Dresden - 18th century
Catalogues - Germany - 18th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 18th century