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Zanetti Greek Statues, DIANA, GODDESS OF HUNT, Antique Engraving, 1743

$ 249.00


Zanetti's Greek Statues -1743- DIANA (GODDESS OF HUNT)




This 268 year old copperplate print was rescued from the book "DELLE ANTICHE STATUE GRECHE E ROMANE" by Anton Zanetti.  It was published and printed in Venice in 1743.

Anton Maria Zanetti- the elder (1679– 1767), A Venetian draughtsman, printmaker, connoisseur, and collector, was an important link between the cultural life of Venice and other European cities. His Venetian house became a lively meeting place for foreign collectors and dealers, and he befriended and patronized Venetian artists, among them Sebastiano and Marco Ricci , and Gaetano. He also travelled extensively to Paris, London and other European cities. In the late 1720s he published a series of prints, mainly after these drawings, in which he revived the technique of chiaroscuro woodcuts in three or four colors. His taste embraced both classical and Baroque; he made lively engravings after drawings by Castiglione , while his Delle Antiche Statue Greche e Romane (begun in 1725) was important to Venetian neoclassicism. The son of his cousin, Antonio Maria the younger (1706 –1778), was a distinguished critic and is said to have helped him with the statue copperplates.

The actual engravings were done by a group of well known 18th century engravers including Giovanni Antonio Faldoni (1690-1770). Faldoni was one of the most influential engravers of the 18th century. Other engravers that worked on the statue copperplates were Giovanni Cattini, Carlo Gregori and G. Patrini.

These copperplate prints were based on a collection of classical statues owned by the Republic of Venice in the palace of St. Mark, and other public places in Venice.  Several of the statues are in the ante chamber in the library of san Marco in Venice. The statues were donated to the city by Cardinal Domenico Grimani in the 16th century.

The full folio copper engraving is approx. 10 1/2" x 15" (plate mark) on a linen rag paper page 17 1/2" x 23". It is in very good and clean state with natural age toning. It has a blank back. This is a guaranteed genuine antique print. A group of these would look great in an Architect's office or in a study.

This book is rare and I could not find one for sale on the Internet. I did find a report that one sold in 2009 at auction for about $3,600.

The print that is being offered is of 


Diana (lt. "heavenly" or "divine") was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon in Roman mythology. In literature she was the equal of the Greek goddess Artemis, though in cult beliefs she was Italic, not Greek, in origin. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is currently revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

Along with her main attributes, Diana was an emblem of chastity. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.



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