Domenico De Rossi’s ancient and modern sculptures
Here is a series of etchings first published in a book curated by Domenico De Rossi (1647-1729).
In 1704, De Rossi gathered – under a mile-long title starting with “Raccolta di statue antiche e moderne data in luce sotto i gloriosi auspici della santità di N.S. papa Clemente XI…” – “approximately 161 etchings and engravings inspired by the most admired sculptures in the past centuries.”
“The most important works in classical antiquity are side by side with the most important modern sculptures, including some by Michelangelo, Bernini, Algardi, Giambologna, and Duquesnoy […]”
“The book is organized according to where the sculptures are now kept. The great collections belonging to the Pope, at the Belvedere, the Campidoglio, owned by the Farnese, Borghese and Ludovisi families – to mention but a few – are the ones showcased more often” (Vv. Aa., “Laocoonte: alle origini dei Musei Vaticani”, L’Erma di Bretschneider, Rome 2006).
It was a virtual museum ahead of its time.