Copper Engraving / Etching by Giovanni Battista Vicentino Pittoni, the elder – Plate 4 From Discorsi Sopra L’Antichita di Roma, 1582, by Vincenzo Scamozzi
Copper Engraving of Roman Ruins by Giovanni Battista Vicentino Pittoni, the Elder (1520-1583) | Engraving is Plate 4 from Discorsi Sopra L’Antichita di Roma, 1582, by Vincenzo Scamozzi (1520 – 1616)
Copper Engraving of Roman Ruins by Giovanni Battista Vicentino Pittoni, the Elder (1520-1583) | Engraving is Plate 4 from Discorsi Sopra L’Antichita di Roma, 1582, by Vincenzo Scamozzi (1520 – 1616) | Approx. Dimensions: 12.5″ H x 17″ W | | This plate was derived from Vincenzo Scamozzi’s Discourse over the antiquity of Rome published in 1582. See Detail Herein Below.
About the Engraver: Giovanni Battista Vicentino Pittoni, the Elder (1520-1583) was an Italian engraver. In conjunction with Battista del Moro (1512-after 1568), he engraved a set of fifty plates of landscapes, with ruins and architecture, which are executed in a bold, spirited style.
About the Author: Vincenzo Scamozzi (2 September 1548 – 7 August 1616) was an Italian architect and a writer on architecture, active mainly in Vicenza and Republic of Venice area in the second half of the 16th century. He was perhaps the most important figure there between Andrea Palladio, whose unfinished projects he inherited at Palladio’s death in 1580, and Baldassarre Longhena, Scamozzi’s only pupil. His first book was entitled ‘Discorsi sopra L’antichita di Roma’ (Venice: 1581 – 1583). According to his preface, the images were engravings that already existed, some of which were derived from a previous publication by Hieronymus Cock in Antwerp in 1551.
About the Book: Vincenzo SCAMOTTI – Speeches on the antiquity of Rome 1582.
Discorsi sopra l’antichità di Roma (Discourse over the antiquity of Rome)
by Scamozzi, Vincenzo, 1552-1616; Pittoni, Battista, b. 1520?; Porro, Girolamo, 1520-1604
Publication date 1582
Topics Architecture, Architecture, Roman
Publisher In Venetia : Appresso Francesco Ziletti
Previously published by Ziletti the preceding year in an ed. with 26 preliminary leaves; see Mortimer.
This beautiful and rare work was printed by the famous Venetian typographer Francesco Ziletti at the expense of the engraver and illustrator Girolamo Porro (1520-1604), who decided to use the branches of the Vicenza artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni (1520-1585) and to entrust all the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi (1552-1616), also from Vicenza, the task of writing the text. The evocative plates, which bear almost all the name or monogram of G.B. Pittoni, are taken from a collection of views entitled “Precipua aliquot Romanae antiquitatis ruinarum monumenta”, already engraved by Pittoni in 1561. Rossetti 9205, G-458.
Dedication signed by Girolamo Porro and dated Nov. 20, 1581
Contains 40 double-page plates that were tipped onto stubs at centerfold. They have descriptive text on rectos of left-hand leaves and a few right-hand versos Plates were etched by Giovanni Battista Pittoni and had been previously published by him with title: Praecipua aliquot Romanae antiquitatis ruinarum monimenta (Venice, 1561). Most plates are signed by Pittoni, and many are dated 1581 (altered from 1561). Plates 3, 12 and 27 have the additional initials CDM (or COM). Plate 8 is not signed at all, and differs from the rest in that it is engraved, not etched.The forty plates have a range of different signatures and monograms: 1) batista, 2) batista p.v.f., 3) batista v.p.f. 4) batista p.v.b.5) p.v.p. 6) b.v.b. 7) b.p.b.f. 8) batista p.v.fev.b.f (or a?). Ten of the signatures also bear the date 1581, altered from 1561.
Artist / Maker
Giovanni Battista Vicentino Pittoni, the Elder (1520-1583)
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