Luigi Rossini, architect and engraver

Luigi Rossini (Ravenna, 1790-Rome, 1857) wanted to be an architect. He surely had the talent for it, since his biographer says he “had a strong inclination for drawing”.

A cousin of the famous composer Gioachino Rossini, Luigi moved to Bologna at sixteen to attend the fine arts academy. In 1814 he went to Rome after winning an important contest at the Academy of Saint Luke in the architecture section, as well as praise by Antonio Canova, who took him under his wing.

However, Luigi’s destiny would take a different turn: “Although he was an architect by trade, he refused to ask for anything and would have had a very hard time finding a job as an architect. He decided therefore to focus entirely on the art of engraving. Having fallen in love with Giovan Battista Piranesi’s beautiful prints […] he took them for his model.”

As the biographer goes on to explain, “without any teacher, in 1817 he published fifty etchings of the best factories in Rome from the 8th to 16th centuries […]. Then he tended to a new, grander work: one hundred and one views of ‘Roman Antiquities’. He put so much work and love in the collection that it was more refined than the previous: it earned him a considerable amount of money, and most importantly it made him quite famous” (“Operette di Filippo Mordani”, Tipografia di G. Barbera, Florence 1874).

Here is a selection of the beautiful etchings immortalizing Rome.

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

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta dell'Anfiteatro Flavio detto Colosseo", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the Flavian Amphitheater, known as Colosseum", etching

"View of the Flavian Amphitheater, known as Colosseum", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degli avanzi di uno dei principali ingressi del Colosseo", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of one of the Colosseum's main entrances", etching

"View of the remains of one of the Colosseum's main entrances", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta interna d'una delle Loggie del Colosseo", acquaforte, 1817 - "View inside the Colosseum", etching

"View inside the Colosseum", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degli avanzi del Tempio della Concordia", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of the Temple of Concordia", etching

"View of the remains of the Temple of Concordia", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta dell'Arco di Settimio Severo", acquaforte, 1820 - "View of the Arch of Septimius Severus", etching

"View of the Arch of Septimius Severus", etching, 1820

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta di Fianco del Campidoglio Romano", acquaforte, 1817 - "Side view of the Capitoline Hill", etching

"Side view of the Capitoline Hill", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta delle Tre Colonne di Castore e Polluce e del Foro Romano", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the three columns of Castor, Pollux, and the Roman Forum", etching

"View of the three columns of Castor, Pollux, and the Roman Forum", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Avanzi del Foro di Nerva vulgo Le Colonnacce", acquaforte, 1819 - "Remains of Nerva's Forum, known as Le Colonnacce", etching

"Remains of Nerva's Forum, known as Le Colonnacce", etching, 1819

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degli avanzi del Tempio di Marte Vendicatore", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of the Temple of Mars Ultor", etching

"View of the remains of the Temple of Mars Ultor", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta del Pantheon davanti all'Obelisco", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the Pantheon, in front of the Obelisk", etching

"View of the Pantheon, in front of the Obelisk", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta di Porta Capena", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of Porta Capena", etching

"View of Porta Capena", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta delle Tre Colonne di Giove Tonante", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the Three Columns of Thundering Jupiter", etching

"View of the Three Columns of Thundering Jupiter", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degli avanzi di una delle Navate minori del Tempio della Pace", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of one of the minor naves of the Temple of Peace", etching,

"View of the remains of one of the minor naves of the Temple of Peace", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta del Tempio di Veste in Roma", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the Temple of Veste in Rome", etching

"View of the Temple of Veste in Rome", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta del Pronao del Tempio di Vesta in Roma", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the pronaos of the Temple of Vesta in Rome", etching

"View of the pronaos of the Temple of Vesta in Rome", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degli avanzi delle Terme di Caracalla", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of the Baths of Caracalla", etching

"View of the remains of the Baths of Caracalla", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Il Monte Esquilino", acquaforte, 1827 - "The Esquiline Hill", etching

"The Esquiline Hill", etching, 1827

Luigi Rossini, "Ponte Sisto", acquaforte, 1823 - "Sixtus Bridge", etching

"Sixtus Bridge", etching, 1823

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta della Torre detta di Nerone", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the so-called Nero's Tower", etching

"View of the so-called Nero's Tower", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Avanzi del Teatro Neroniano Domestico sul Palatino", acquaforte, 1817 - "Remains of the Neronian Theatre on the Palatine", etching

"Remains of the Neronian Theatre on the Palatine", etching, 1817

Luigi Rossini, "Veduta degl'avanzi degl'acquedotti che dal Monte Celio conducevano l'Acqua Claudia sul Monte Palatino", acquaforte, 1817 - "View of the remains of the aqueducts that took Acqua Claudia from Mount Celio to the Palatine Hill", etching

"View of the remains of the aqueducts that took Acqua Claudia from Mount Celio to the Palatine Hill", etching, 1817

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