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Monday 23 November 2020

Pietro Aquila’s engraving, “Apollo's Abduction of Hyacinth; Polyphemus and Galatea”, c1674, after Annibale Carracci

Pietro Aquila (1650–1692)

“Apollo's Abduction of Hyacinth; Polyphemus and Galatea” (aka “The Apotheosis of Hyacinthus by Apollo; Polyphemus and Galatea”; “Hyacinthus ab Apolline in florem conuersus” [plate title]), c1674, plate 1 from the series, “Galeriae Farnesianae Icones”, after a detail of the famous fresco paintings in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome by Annibale Carracci (1560–1609), published by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi (aka Jo Jacobus de Rubeis; Giovanni Jacomo de' Rossi) (1627–1691) in Rome.

Etching with engraving on laid paper trimmed along (or close to) the platemark, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 45.3 x 60.5 cm.

Lettered on plate: (upper centre) “HYACINTHVS ab APOLLINE in florem conversus”; (lower left) “Annibal Carraccius pinx. in. Ædibus farnesianis”; (lower centre) “Ardet amans, scopuloque sedens POLYPHEMVS acuto,/ Ad numerum inflatis calamis, dat sibila cantu;/ Concomitata choro gaudet GALATEA sub antro,/ Et latitans rauci suspiria ridet amantis.”; (right of lower centre) “Io. Iacob. de Rubeis formis Romæ ad Templ. S. Mariæ de Pace cū. Priu. S. Pont.”; (lower right) “1/ Petrus Aquila delin et sculp.”

State i (of i)

Borea XLII D.5 i/i

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 1: Scene from the vault of the Farnese Gallery: Polyphemus and Galatea; Polyphemus seen at centre, seated in a rock, playing the pipes; Galatea seen to right, approaching in a carriage carried by dolphins and accompanied by two nymphs; above, the scene of Hyacinthus and Apollo; surrounding both scenes, various 'ignudi', putti and other mythological figures; c.1674 Etching with some engraving”


See also the descriptions offered by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Wellcome Collection and the Hamburger Kunsthalle:;;  

Condition: a strong impression with restored tears, but without significant stains or foxing. The sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this huge etching translating a section of Carracci’s fresco in the Farnese Gallery into a composition of line and dot for AU$294 (currently US$215.44/EUR189.95/GBP161.21 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this spectacular masterwork of interpretative printmaking, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold


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