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Title-page for a set of friezes

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (published)

  • Date:

    1628 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giancarli, Polifilo (designer)
    Ciamberlano, Luca (engraver)
    de Rossi Milanese, Giuseppe (Publisher)
    Rossi (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 117

  • Public access description

    This type of ornament recalls the XVI th century mannerism style, with its anthropomorphic and metamorphic figures and animals shown amongst foliated. Here the richness and strong rhythm of the friezes, creating lively movement, reflect Baroque tendencies of the seventeenth century.

  • Physical description

    Title page for a set of friezes, engraving.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Inscribed in the centre of the frieze: 'AL SIG. CAVALIER / CASSIANO DAL POZZO / mio Signore / Humilius . servitore Gioseppe de Rossi / D. D. D. / 1628'

    Inscribed in the lower left: ' Gio: Jacomo de Rossi formis Romae alla Pace / all' insegna di Parigi / Romae Superior licentia.'

    Inscribed in the lower right: 'Poliphilus Giancarli / Inventor. Lucas Ciamberlanus Fecit.'

  • Dimensions

    Height: 14.8 cm sheet, Width: 4.73 cm sheet, Height: 11.6 cm plate mark, Width: 46.2 cm plate mark

  • Object history note

    Part of a group of objects previously in possession of Mr. R.S.Smith [South Kensington Museum employee?].

  • Descriptive line

    Polifilo Giancarli, after. Titlepage for a set of friezes of foliage with figures and monsters. Published by Giuseppe de Rossi, Rome, 1628.

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Snodin, Michael and Llewellyn, Nigel (eds.), Baroque 1620-1800. Style in the Age of Magnificence, exh. cat., V&A Publishing, London, 2009
    (Berlin II) Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 558.

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection