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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" 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
Hill fait paraître General Natural History (deux volumes, 1748 - 1752 ), Useful Family Herbal ( 1754 ), British Herbal ( 1756 - 1757 ), Eden, or Compleat Body of Gardening ( 1757 ), Exotic Botany ( 1759 , deuxième édition 1772 ), Hortus Keweensis ( 1768 ), Flora Britanica ( 1760 ), Herbarium Britannicum ( 1769 - 1770 ), Virtues of British Herbs ( 1770 ), Decade of Curious and Elegand Trees and Plants ( 1773 ), Twenty-five New Plants, rais'd in the Royal Garden of Kew ( 1773 ). Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727-1817) lui dédie en 1760 le genre Hillia de la famille des Rubiaceae . Hill issued General Natural History (two volumes, 1748 - 1752 ), Useful Family Herbal ( 1754 ), Herbal British ( 1756 - 1757 ), Eden, Gold Compleat Body of Gardening ( 1757 ) Exotic Botany ( 1759 , second edition 1772 ) , Hortus Keweensis ( 1768 ), Flora Britannica ( 1760 ), Britannicum Herbarium ( 1769 - 1770 ), Virtues of British Herbs ( 1770 ), Decade of Curious and Elegand Trees and Plants ( 1773 ), Twenty-Five New Plants, rais'd in the Royal Garden of Kew ( 1773 ). Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727-1817) dedicated to him in 1760 the kind Hillier of the family of Rubiaceae .
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