Wonders of the Domus Aurea

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Here are some splendid tempera on paper paintings, which provided the originals for the engravings in “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro interne pitture”, published by Ludovico Mirri in Rome in 1776.

The artists behind the sixty-one illustrations in the book are Swiss-Italian architect Vincenzo Brenna (1741-1820), who worked very much in the Russian Empire, and Franciszek Smuglewicz (1745-1807), a Polish painter who lived in Rome from 1763 to 1784.

In very complex conditions, the two artists copied the paintings of Nero’s Domus Aurea – which at the time was still considered as one with the Baths of Titus, hence the name of the book.

The engravings translating the two artists’ drawings are by Marco Carloni (1742-1796).

January 25, 2017