Set of Three Italian 18th Century Hand-Colored Engravings of the Vatican Loggias signed Savorelli and Camporesi


A very fine set of 3 hand-coloured engraved Neoclassical paper panels depicting the famous architectural and decorative work executed by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520) in the Logge on the main storey of the Vatican apartments. These extremely detailed watercolor engraved panels feature a series of neoclassical patterns. On a cream white background all the most typical decorations of the Neoclassical period are engraved and then finished by hand painting. Each panel is richly decorated with multicolored fruit composition, architectural elements, grotesque, animals and leaves and flowers patterns inserted in a linear geometric scheme. The dominant colors are deep and light blue, yellow ocher, green, gray and pink and light red. Both the designs and the colors are perfectly mixed and the final result is a work of art so elegant and beautiful that can fit with any kind of furnishing, ready to hang on the walls of your home. Our painted panels are engraved by Ottaviani (Rome 1735-1808) after the designs of the painter Gaetano Savorelli and of the architect Pietro Camporesi , this famous architect worked for Pope Clemens XIII and Pius VI, and in fact, our panels are enriched by the handwriting: “cum privilegio ss. D.N. Clementis XIII” all’ac The idea of creating a work divided into three parts that reproduced, in "imperial" sheets engraved and colored with the watercolor, the complete series of all the decorations of the Vatican Logge of Raphael was born around 1760. The work was begun in 1772 and ended in 1777. The work was commissioned to great masters of art, such as the painter Gaetano Savorelli, the draftsman Ludovico Teseo, the architect Pietro Camporesi, and was engraved by the famous engravers Giovanni Volpato (Bassano 1740 - Rome 1803) and Giovanni Ottaviani (Rome 1735 - 1808). The Logge of the Raffaello, in addition to their undoubted decorative value, also constitute a fundamental moment in the history of the neoclassical taste of the late 18th Century. Particularly as regards the diffusion of the fashion of the "Grottesche", which in Roman wall decorations find a great variety of motifs such as palmettes, garlands, urns and cornucopia which in this case are inserted in a linear geometric scheme. The incisions of Raphael's lodges present in the Vatican apartments thus offering a final effect of lightness and spontaneity even if each single element is in fact closely linked to a rationally ordered structure. The great master engraver Giovanni Ottaviani received his first lessons from his mother, his work was so much appreciated that he soon worked with the engraver Remondini and later he also had Wagner and Bartolozzi as masters. From Rome he was commissioned his most famous works, so as to be one of the main engravers of the very famous "Logge di Raffaello". These remarkable magnificent coloring panels are the #2,#8,#13 of the whole original series. Newly framed in dark brown wood frames. They can be sold separately. Measures: #8 height 129 cm, width 59 cm. #2 height 131 cm, width 59 cm. #13 height 132 cm, width 60 cm.

Current list price: €8.750,00

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18th century (1700-1799)
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Dimensions (cm):
131H x 59W x 2D
Dimensions (inch):
51,57H x 23,23W x 0,79D
Creator / Artist:
Camporesi Savorelli
Wood, Paper, Watercolour
Excellent; Minor wear consistent with age and use
Inventory ID:
Galleria Esposito_Incisioni Logge Vaticane
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