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.

Photos via:
http://www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it

Domenico De Rossi, incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"The Laocoon of the Vatican Gardens"

Domenico De Rossi, incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"The Apollo of the Vatican Gardens"

Domenico De Rossi, incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Venus emerging from a bath in the Vatican Gardens"

Domenico De Rossi, incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"The Belvedere torso in the Vatican Gardens, from two sides"

Domenico De Rossi, incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Statue believed to be of Alexander the Great as he stops the Bucephalus, on the Quirinal Hill"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Other view of the statue believed to be of Alexander the Great as he stops the Bucephalus, on the Quirinal Hill"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Equestrian bronze statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, on the Capitoline Hill"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Statue of Venus, inside the Grand Duke's Palace in Florence"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Statue of Venus born of the sea foam, and set on a seashell, in the Medici Gardens"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"The Fight - statue group in the Grand Duke's Gallery in Florence"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Statue of Ajax, killed", at the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Venus emerging from the bath and drying off, in Palazzo Farnese in Rome"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"The Hermaphrodite, in the Borghesi Gardens in Rome"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Statue of Bacchus, in Barberini Palace in Rome"

Domenico De Rossi incisioni e acqueforti - etchings

"Venus about to take a bath"

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