Item #2450 Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue…. Domenico MONTELATICI.
Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue…
Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue…
Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue…
Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue…
Illustrated Guide to the Villa Borghese in Rome
Rome, G.F. Buagni, 1700.

Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana, con l’ornament… e con le figure delle statue….

8vo, (9) ff., including half-title, engraved frontispiece, title, 321 (1) pp., (3) ff., with 26 engraved plates, some double-page and folding. Bound in contemporary vellum over boards, spine in six compartments. Some toning and pale waterstain to corners of text, but a genuine copy with the plates clean.

First edition of the first pocket guide to Villa Borghese, one of the great Baroque suburban villas which always had a tradition of receiving the public. The Villa was built as a suburban retreat and to house the Cardinal’s collection of ancient statuary, the greatest in Rome and probably the greatest ever assembled by a private individual. The first half of Montelatici’s work is devoted to the villa and its gardens; the second half (and virtually all of plates) to the sculpture collection. Highlights include a Marcus Curtius, Silenus with the infant Bacchus, Bernini’s busts of Paul V, and—not surprisingly—Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1576-1633), the original owner of the estate. The only earlier publication entirely devoted to the villa was Manilli’s Villa Borghese (1650).

A folding plate, often missing, depicts the main façade of the Villa Borghese Pinciana. The Palace was started by the papal architect Flaminio Ponzio (1560–1613). After his death, it was completed by his assistant, Giovanni Vasanzio (i.e., Jan Van Santen, 1550-1621), who became the “house architect” to the Borghese and is responsible for the façade decorations. Nowadays, the palace is known as the Galleria Borghese, a museum displaying the vast art collection of Borghese family.



* Rossetti G-1060; Schudt 1105; Blunt, Guide to Baroque Rome, p. 266; Haskell pp. 26-7; DA iv.405-07.

Price: $2,650.00

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