Greetings from 18th-century Rome

Here is a series of Roman postcards sent straight from the 1700s: illustrations inspired by “Accurata e succinta descrizione topografica delle antichità di Roma” by Cortona historian and archaeologist Ridolfino Venuti (1705-1763).

The book was divided into two volumes and published in 1763 – too late for Venuti to see it, unfortunately.

The copper engravings were created by various artists, including Jean Barbault, Philotée-François Duflos, Niccolò Mogalli, Jean-Laurent Legeay and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Greetings from Rome!

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