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New Book | Elegantiores statuae antiquae: Parole e immagini

Posted in books by Editor on April 12, 2016

From Artbooks.com:

Leonarda Di Cosmo and Lorenzo Fatticcioni, Elegantiores statuae antiquae: Parole e immagini per una fruizione ‘turistica’ dell’Antico nella Roma del Settecento (Rome: Bentivoglio, 2016), 350 pages, ISBN: 978-8898158553, 40€ / $70.

elegantiores_catalogo_grandeLegato al genere degli ‘atlanti’ statuari, il volumetto Elegantiores statuae antiquae in variis romanorum palatiis asservatae di Dominique Magnan (1731–1796), offrendo una selezione aggiornata delle più apprezzate statue antiche, si connota come uno dei numerosi canali di divulgazione della cultura antiquaria operativi nel secondo Settecento. Organizzando il testo secondo strategie comunicative mutuate dalle più aggiornate ‘guide di Roma’ e coniugando nell’apparato iconografico le immagini di consolidate e nuovissime eccellenze statuarie, Magnan realizza un prodotto editoriale nuovo e di sicuro impatto commerciale. Configurate dunque come un’antologia del ‘più bello’ delle collezioni romane di antichità e quasi anticipando le rubriche ‘da non perdere’ o ‘vale il viaggio’ delle guide turistiche a noi contemporanee, le Elegantiores si proponevano come un agile prontuario che poteva essere acquistato ad accompagnamento di altri prodotti dell’ ‘industria’ culturale basata sull’Antico.

Leonarda Di Cosmo e Lorenzo Fatticcioni, studiosi di Storia dell’Archeologia Classica, svolgono la loro attività di ricerca presso la Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Si occupano in particolare di antiquaria e di ‘fortuna dell’Antico’, di Storia del Collezionismo e, in parallelo, di Metodologie Informatiche applicate ai Beni Culturali. In quest’ultimo settore si dedicano alla progettazione di banche dati per la gestione di fonti storico-artistiche e documentarie e di siti web per la Museologia e la Comunicazione del Patrimonio Culturale. Hanno coordinato, tra l’altro, i progetti Monumenta Rariora. Metamorfosi dell’Antico, sulla fortuna della statuaria antica in età moderna e Arretinum Museum, sulla storia del collezionismo di antichità in territorio aretino. Tra le loro pubblicazioni più recenti si segnalano i volumi Le componenti del classicismo secentesco: Lo statuto della scultura antica e Le regole della bellezza: Saperi antiquari e teorie dell’arte nei ‘Segmenta nobilium signorum et statuarum’ di François Perrier.

At Sotheby’s | Voyage to Rome, A Distinguished Italian Collection, Part II

Posted in Art Market by Editor on April 12, 2016

Next month at Sotheby’s Paris:

Voyage à Rome: Collection particulière italienne, IIème partie (Sale #PF1640)
Sotheby’s, Paris 4 May 2016

A gilt-bronze mounted white marble micromosaic vase with cover signed by Giacomo Raffaelli and dated 1777.

A gilt-bronze mounted white marble micromosaic vase with cover signed by Giacomo Raffaelli and dated 1777.

Following Sotheby’s New York’s 28 January auction The Road to Rome, the first installment in an artistic journey to the Eternal City seen through the eyes and paintbrushes of the great Italian painters of the late 18th century such as Vanvitelli, Anesi, Caffi and Van Lint, Voyage à Rome marks the second chapter in this recollection of the Grand Tour. This second catalogue continues the well-deserved tribute to an important Italian private collection, the spirit and taste of which was inspired by the classical revival. The sale, which will take place at Sotheby’s in Paris on 4 May, will bear witness to the tradition and continuity of the artistic and cultural quest that flourished in Rome at the end of the Enlightenment. It will also bring together a wonderful group of neo-classical objects created by the most famous artisans of the period, such as Valadier, Righetti, Raffaelli and Aguatti. The decorative arts have been collected with the same fervour and passion as the fine arts, just as they may well have been centuries earlier by the aesthetes and enthusiasts who roamed the provinces of Italy.

The light of the natural landscapes and beauty of the architectural decoration were taken up by the expertise and creativity of these artisans, who knew how to blend fine materials, precious stones, bronze and micro-mosaic while striving for perfection and driven by the quest for beauty. Among the most emblematic pieces in this collection of around 240 lots is a vase signed by the famous Italian micro-mosaicist, Giacomo Raffaelli (1753–1836), illustrating Rome’s most famous ancient sites; this valuable and refined object could not have failed to captivate enthusiasts on the Grand Tour. Also featured in this sale is a bust of the Spanish ambassador to Rome, José Nicolàs de Azara, sculpted in 1790 by Francesco Righetti (1738–1819). A pendant to that of Mengs, a leading exponent of neo-classicism and a friend of Azara, the work summarises what Rome promoted in the way of intellectual exchange, virtuosity and artistic effervescence.

The section dedicated to Old Master Paintings marvellously illustrates the poetry of the Roman campagna and the gentle quality of the Italian light when painted by vedutisti such as Paolo Anesi, Jacob de Heusch, and Hendrick Franz van Lint. Beautifully crafted and in excellent condition, this collection has clearly been assembled by someone passionate about painting.

New Book | The Mansion House, Dublin

Posted in books, on site by Editor on April 12, 2016

Published by Four Courts Press:

Mary Clark, ed., The Mansion House, Dublin: 300 Years of History and Hospitality (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015), 180 pages, ISBN: 978-1907002199, €25 / $65.

SetRatioSize745550-clark-mansion-houseDublin’s Mansion House is the only mayoral residence in Ireland and is older than any surviving in Great Britain. Originally the town house of merchant and property developer Joshua Dawson, it was purchased by the Dublin City Assembly in April 1715 and since then has been the home of each lord mayor during their term of office. This is the first major work on the Mansion House and includes essays on its history, architecture, and antique furnishings, along with an account of one year in the residence, which gives a vivid picture of how the building is used.

Mary Clark is the Dublin City Archivist and is curator of the Dublin Civic Portrait Collection. Fanchea Gibson is the Administrator of the Mansion House and oversees the day-to-day running of the mayoral residence. Nicola Matthews is architectural Conservation Officer with Dublin City Council and her research interests include the historic fabric of Merrion Square. Susan Roundtree was Senior Executive Architect with Dublin City Council and was responsible for the care and conservation of the Mansion House. Patricia Wrafter is Senior Executive Council and is responsible for the historic furnishings of the Mansion House.