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Giovanni Maria Cassini (Hastatus) Gemmes du Musee Etrusque de Cortone, Rome 1780-90. Framed $495.00


Original, detailed and sensitively engraved illustration included in an 18th century work titled, Gemmes du Musee Etrusque de Cortone. The engravings by Giovanni Maia Cassini were after drawings by Vincenzo Brenna (Italian 1747-1820), an architect, designer and decorative painter who was employed as the house architect and designer for Czar Paul I of Russia.

It is Cassini who brings these wall designs to life. He was a prolific engraver and a well-known figure among British travelers to Rome. Cassini excelled in detailed and highly accurate engravings of surviving Roman decoration, which was a rich source of inspiration for artists and designers working in the late 18th century.

The engravings are in the “Grotesque” style of decoration incorporating fanciful mural or sculptural elements by mixing human, animal and plant forms. This style of decoration was very popular in Great Britain and America during the 18th century, promoted by men like Josiah Wedgewood, Indigo Jones and Robert Adam.

Framed to museum specifications with archival materials.
17 ½ x 12 ½” inches sheet, approx. 21 ½ x 16 ½” framed size.
Hand colored copperplate engraving, with full untrimmed margins.
Very good condition.