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Wonders of the Domus Aurea

Here are some splendid tempera on paper paintings, which provided the originals for the engravings in “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro interne pitture”, published...

Rome by Bartolomeo Pinelli

Here is a series of views of 19th-century Rome, by famous Roman engraver and painter Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835). After completing his studies between Bologna’s Fine...

Resting Hermes, youthful wonder

The “Resting Hermes” at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples is a beautiful bronze sculpture found in Herculaneum in the second half of the 18th century. The portrait...

Greetings from 18th-century Rome

Here is a series of Roman postcards sent straight from the 1700s: illustrations inspired by “Accurata e succinta descrizione topografica delle antichità di Roma”...

Niccolò Gualtieri’s splendid seashells

Niccolò Gualtieri (1688-1744) was a conchologist and a malacologist – scientific terms that refer to two specific fields within zoology, specifically devoted to studying...

Artists of Baroque Rome, in the eye of Ottavio Leoni

Here is a gallery of artist portraits by an artist: Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630), Rome-born Baroque painter and engraver, protégé of the Venetian cardinal Francesco...

Vincenzo Leonardi, Cassiano Del Pozzo and a dream to illustrate the world

For some twenty years, Vincenzo Leonardi – the author of these splendid illustrations – collaborated with Cassiano Dal Pozzo (1588-1657), a famous member of...

“Herculaneum’s antiquities on display” by will of the King of Spain

The engravings in “Le antichità di Ercolano esposte” (“Herculaneum’s Antiquities on Display”) were curated between 1757 and 1787 by a group of historians, archaeologists,...

Ancient Roman architectures by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Here is a gallery of engravings Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) made to exalt the magnificence of ancient Roman architectures despite their state of neglect...

Grace and elegance in Carlo Antonini’s ceiling roses

Here is a gallery dedicated to ceiling roses by engraver and architect Carlo Antonini (1740-1821). Antonini himself collected these beautiful engravings – a selection of...

Monotypes by Venturino Venturi, a universe of variations

Here is a collection of “monotype” prints by Venturino Venturi, a Tuscan sculptor and painter (1918-2002) who moved back to Italy in the 1930s,...

Domenico De Rossi’s ancient and modern sculptures

Here is a series of etchings first published in a book curated by Domenico De Rossi (1647-1729). In 1704, De Rossi gathered – under a...

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by Barbara Palladino LOOX is an après-ski hotspot, at the station at the foot of the Obereggen Latemar ski and trekking area in the Dolomites. It...

The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...