This set of eight framed architectural prints comes from 18th century Italy. Each print features a sketch by Giovanni Battista Falda, from his book, Palazzi di Roma. The book was published in 1655 as a collaboration with Pietro Ferrerio. In 1961, each sketch was affixed to cream colored backing paper, as indicated by a signature on one of the backing papers. More recently, they were framed in simple and elegant ebony and giltwood frames with glass. The sketches depict famous Italian Renaissance architecture and are accompanied with Italian descriptions.
(As seen in the main photo, starting at the top and moving from left to right)
1. Villa Borghese Pinciana: located outside Porta Pinciana, a gate of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Construction began in 1613 by Flaminio Ponzio (d. 1613) and was completed by Ponzio’s assistant, the Dutch-born Jan van Santen (known in Italy as “Giovanni Vasanzio”).
2. Villa Farnese: or “Villa Caprarola”, a pentagonal mansion about 30 miles from Rome. Built by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, from 1559-1573.
3. Palazzo Senatorio: Piazza del Campidoglio, a square gathering space on the summit of Capitoline Hill. The famed Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to rebuild the architecture. Michelangelo worked on plans from 1536-1546, although little construction was done in his lifetime. This print depicts Palazzo Senatorio, which was completed by Giacomo della Porta and Girolamo Rainaldi.
4. Palazzo Spada: a palace commissioned by Cardinal Girolamo Recanati Capodiferro in 1540, with detailed stuccowork of Giulio Mazzoni.
5. A dedication to Camillo Massimo, a 17th century Italian cardinal and “patron of the good arts”.
6. Casino del Bel Respiro: located in Villa Doria Pamphili, on the Janiculum and designed by Giovanni Maria Baratta in the mid-1600’s.
7. Palazzo Pamphilj: located in Piazza Navona in Rome and commissioned by Pope Innocent X (born Giovanni Battista Pamphilj) in 1650.
8. Villa Caprarola: a cross-section with interior view of the Villa Caprarola.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs to frames. Some of the backing paper has light buildup and oxidation. Brackets installed on the back of each frame for mounting purposes.