Liberotti Impronte. Giovanni Liberotti.
Liberotti Impronte

Liberotti Impronte

Rome: Incisore di Camei Roma, ca 1820. Hardcover. 33 x 21 cm. 102 miniature plaster medallions in relief (white gesso) within gilt decorated borders. A souvenir of the Grand Tour, depicting famous sculptures and works of art in relief as miniature plaster casts, from classical sculpture to Canova. The master carver, Giovanni Liberotti, a nineteenth-century Roman gem engraver who specialized in making these souvenirs. Liberotti had been initially commissioned to make these impressions based on gems in the collection of Giovanni Battista Sommariva (1760–1826), a noted art patron and collector extraordinaire. Later Liberotti and other competitors would market the boxed sets in Rome to eager tourists. Nothing is more impressive than the original engraver's ability here to capture the very essence and detail of the larger masterpieces in such miniature intaglios. It is not surprising that Goethe himself "owned many thousands of casts [and] told his correspondents years later that no greater treasure could be brought back from Rome." Manuscript identification of the 102 plaster medallions at inside front cover. Box with moderate wear. Orig. leather backed clam shell box, and decorated, marbled wood boards with functioning clasps at fore-edge. Very good. Item #21310

Price: $2,500.00

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