Grace and elegance in Carlo Antonini’s ceiling roses

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.

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"

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"

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"

Ceiling roses and friezes by Carlo Antonini, Ancient ceiling rose in the Pantheon

"Ancient ceiling rose in the Pantheon"

Ceiling roses and friezes by Carlo Antonini, Ancient ceiling rose from fragments in the Campidoglio

"Ancient ceiling rose from fragments in the Campidoglio"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nel tempio di Giove Statore in Campo Vaccino - "Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Jupiter Stator in Campo Vaccino"

"Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Jupiter Stator in Campo Vaccino"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nel fregio del tempio di Giove tonante - "Ancient ceiling rose in the frieze of the Temple of Jupiter"

"Ancient ceiling rose in the frieze of the Temple of Jupiter"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nel tempio della Concordia - Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia

"Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nel tempio della Concordia - Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia

"Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nel tempio della Concordia - Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia

"Ancient ceiling rose in the Temple of Concordia"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nell'arco di Settimio Severo - Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Septimius Severus

"Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Septimius Severus"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nell'arco di Settimio Severo - Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Septimius Severus

"Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Septimius Severus"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, Rosone antico nell'arco degli Argentari - Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of the Argentari

"Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of the Argentari"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nell'arco di Tito" - Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Titus

"Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Titus"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nell'arco di Tito" - Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Titus

"Ancient ceiling rose in the arch of Titus"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone da frammenti antichi in Villa Borghese" - "Ceiling rose from ancient fragments in Villa Borghese"

"Ceiling rose from ancient fragments in Villa Borghese"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nell'arco di Costantino" - "Ancient rose in the arch of Constantine"

"Ancient rose in the arch of Constantine"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nell'arco di Costantino" - "Ancient rose in the arch of Constantine"

"Ancient rose in the arch of Constantine"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nella Villa Adriana in Tivoli" - "Ancient rose in Villa Adriana in Tivoli"

"Ancient rose in Villa Adriana in Tivoli"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico nel tempio della Sibilla in Tivoli" - "Ancient rose in the Temple of the Sybil in Tivoli"

"Ancient rose in the Temple of the Sybil in Tivoli"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone da frammenti antichi nella Villa Mecenate in Tivoli" - "Ceiling rose from ancient fragments in Villa Mecenate in Tivoli"

"Ceiling rose from ancient fragments in Villa Mecenate in Tivoli"

Rosoni e fregi di Carlo Antonini, "Rosone antico in Villa Adriana in Tivoli" - "Ancient ceiling rose in Villa Adriana in Tivoli"

"Ancient ceiling rose in Villa Adriana in Tivoli"

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