Rome by Bartolomeo Pinelli

Here is a series of views of 19th-century Rome, by famous Roman engraver and painter Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835).

After completing his studies between Bologna’s Fine Arts Academy and Rome’s Accademia di San Luca, Pinelli began a prolific career yielding some 4,000 engravings and 10,000 drawings, often dedicated to the theme of his city’s costumes, folk traditions and history.

Many of his engravings were used to illustrate 19th-century editions of literary works by Dante Alighieri, Torquato Tasso, Lodovico Ariosto and Virgil (as well as collections about Greek history or traditions in the Kingdom of Naples and Switzerland).

Pinelli grew up in the Trastevere district living with his father, an artisan who molded and sculpted statues. After studying in bologna, he returned to Rome in 1799 and first lived near today’s Sciarra Gallery (Via del Corso), then in Piazza di Spagna, in Villa Medici, and finally from 1822 and until his last days on Via Sistina (when it was still known as Via Felice, near today’s Teatro Sistina).

That area of the city was home to an extraordinary community of artists. Just a few decades before Pinelli’s arrival, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Angelika Kauffmann and Anton Raphael Mengs had lived there. During his time there, also Carlo Labruzzi, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Luigi Canina, Massimo d’Azeglio and Luigi Rossini moved in and opened their workshops.

Pinelli was a loyal patron of the local Osteria del Gabbione, on Via del Lavatore, where he went every evening with his dogs. Giuseppe Gioachino Belli immortalized the tavern (as “Gabbionaccio”) in a sonnet dedicated to Pinelli, “Morte der zor Meo”, in which he imagined the artist could suddenly disappear because of a deadly alcoholic spree.

Pinelli was buried in the Church of Saints Vincenzo and Anastasio in Trevi, but his remains have never been found due to the lack of a tombstone.

The images in our gallery are taken from “Views in Rome. Drawn and engraved by Bartolomeo Pinelli, of Rome”, published in 1834 by W.B. Cooke in London.

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

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Basilica of Saints John and Paul

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Bell tower of the Basilica of Saints John and Paul

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo al Celio

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

The Aqua Virgo Aqueduct in Villa Borghese

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

View of Villa Borghese

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

View of Villa Borghese

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Entrance to Villa Borghese and part of the Aurelian Walls

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Inside the Colosseum and Church of Santa Maria della Pietà al Colosseo

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Inside the ruins of the Colosseum

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Upper corridor inside the Colosseum

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Ancient arch of Monte Testaccio

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Meta Sudans and the Temple of Venus in Rome

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Remains of the Cloaca Maxima

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

View of the ruins of the imperial palaces

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Inside the Convent of San Bonaventura al Palatino

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The Temple of Antonino and Faustina at the Roman Forum, with three columns of the Temple of Giove Statore on the background

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Staircase known as Sette Sale (now Via di San Francesco di Paola)

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Villa Mellini beyond Porta Angelica

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Villa Medici

View from Villa Pamphili

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

Church of San Pietro in Montorio

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

The Church of San Giorgio al Velabro, from under the four-faced Arch of Janus

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Apse of the Church of San Martino ai Monti

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Church of San Cosimato in Trastevere

Bartolomeo Pinelli, vedute di Roma

The Convent of our Lady of Victories

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