Grace and elegance in Carlo Antonini’s ceiling roses

Ceiling roses and friezes by Carlo Antonini, Ancient ceiling rose in the cloister of the reverend fathers of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome

"Ancient ceiling rose in the cloister of the reverend fathers of Santa Maria del Popolo"

Here is a gallery dedicated to ceiling roses by engraver and architect Carlo Antonini (1740-1821).

Antonini himself collected these beautiful engravings – a selection of the “ancient ceiling roses in Rome” – in the first volume of his “Manuale di vari ornamenti tratti dalle fabbriche e frammenti antichi per uso e comodo dei pittori, scultori, architetti, scalpellini, stuccatori, intagliatori di pietre e legni, argentieri, gioiellieri, ricamatori, ebanisti, ecc.”, published in 1781.

In the book’s preface, Antonini explains, “I wished to put together a very abundant collection of the most select flowers, with special care for the ones generally called ‘roses’, which can be seen sculpted in the decor of ancient factories in and outside Rome, built during the wonderful Roman Empire Age. I was as diligent and exact as I could possibly be in drawing and engraving them, in order to conserve the originals’ grace and elegance.”

We believe he widely met his objective.

November 24, 2015