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Palazzo Panfilio

Giuseppe Agostino Vasi

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A highly detailed copperplate engraved print of magnificent views in Rome by Giuseppe Agostino Vasi (1710-1782) from his sweeping series Delle magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna, which was published in Rome in 1747-1761. The book was comprised of 10 parts in three volumes, oblong 2o (302 x 408 mm), and contained Half-title to part one, 2-page subscriber's list in part ten, Ten titles with etched vignettes, an engraved dedication in part one, one etched headpiece in part five, 201 etched and engraved plates, etched initials, and illustrations by Vasi himself. Overall this print measures 16” x 11 ¾”. Giuseppe Vasi was born in Palermo in 1710 – and died in Rome in 1782. He began to draw when he was only 15, and learned how to engrave plates while attending the college Carolino in Palermo . He moved to Rome in 1736 and studied the masterworks of Ghezzi, Pannini and Juvarrai. In 1741 he engraved the title of the first volume of the Capitolium Museum . In 1746 engraved the 5 etching of Palazzo Farnese di Caprarola and in 1750 the figurative history of the 17 jubilees already hold. Giovan Battista Piranesi had also moved to Rome in 1740 and drawn to Vasi’s sophisticated style, stated Vasi as his master. After the apprenticeship their relationship broke off however, as the quiet style of Vasi doesn't meet the phantasmagorical whim of Piranesi. In 1747 Vasi moved to Neaples, where was appointed as Royal Engraver. From 1747 to 1761 he attended to his most important work: the 10 books of the "Magnificenze di Roma" [Magnificences of Rome], where he accurately depicted the papal town. In 1763 engraved "Itinerario istruttivo per ritrovare le antiche e moderne magnificenze di Roma" [Instructive itinerary to find the ancient and the modern magnificences od Rome ], a successful work that became the most popular guide among the foreign tourists; in 1765 engraved the Rome prospect. His last work, incomplete, is the "Caduta del fiume Velino nella Nera" [Fall of Velino river into Nera]. He died in 1782 in Rome and was buried in the church of St. Gregorio at Ponte Quattro Capi. Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna, published from 1747-1761, establishes Vasi as one of Rome ’s great topographers. He excelled at describing Rome in geo-spatial terms, one through scientific measurements and the ichnographic plan, the other through careful observation within a pictorial tradition that relied on mathematical perspective. The book places Vasi within a cultural context: 18th century Rome and the Age of the Grand Tour examining the cartographic and artistic legacy that they inherited, and proves to be a grand contribution to the vedute genre. Vasi’s work and methods are subsequently interpreted through an analysis of their topographic, artistic, and historic content. Overall this print is in very good condition with foxing and staining in margins. Bookseller Inventory # gm507d

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Title: Palazzo Panfilio

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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