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Friday 22 March 2024

Ferdinando Cassina and Camera, “Christ on the Cross with the Virgin, St Lawrence and Donors”, 1830, after Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta

Ferdinando Cassina (fl.1830–1840) and Camera (fl.1837­–1842)

“Christ on the Cross with the Virgin, St Lawrence and Donors”, 1830, after a painting by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (aka Girolamo Sicciolante da Sermoneta) (1521–c.1580) in the Chapel of St. Lorenzo in the Palestrina Cathedral (aka Duomo di Palestrina; Cattedrale di Sant'Agapito martire), Italy.

The panel orientated anti-clockwise to the left above the crucifixion scene is an engraving of the marble grave plaque of Lucrezia Della Rovere Colonna (1485–1552) in the floor of the Church of Santissima Trinità dei Mont in Rome (see,_interno,_lapide_di_lucrezia_della_rovere_colonna.JPG). Although I have been unable to clarify with certainty that the female donor shown in the crucifixion panel is Lucrezia Della Rovere Colonna—famous as a patron of the arts at the time that Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta executed the crucifixion painting—I can see a possibility that this patron may be the same as the one portrayed as the portal of Palestrina Cathedral in which the painting is located bears the marble coats of arms of the Della Rovere and Colonna families.

Engraving on cream wove paper with gouache hand-colouring, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline.

Note that the hand-colouring is possibly executed by the engravers, mindful that The Royal Collection Trust holds another engraving by both of these engravers with hand-colouring (presumably by Camera) from the same series of engravings (see and the Trust also has another hand-coloured engraving executed solely by Camera (see

See also a related print by the same engravers that I have previously listed:

Size: (sheet) 40.8 x 26 cm.

Lettered in the plate: (in cartouche) “D.O.M/ LVCRETIAE. RVERAE/ IVLI.II.PONT.MAX/ SORORIS.FILIAE/ M.ANTONI.COLVMNAE/ VXORI/ VIXIT.ANN.LXVII/ FILIAE.MATRI.DVLCISS/ FECERE/ ANNO.SALVT.MDLII” (upper centre) “Monumento di Lucrezia della Rovere Colonna nella chiesa della Trinità de’ Monti in Roma.”; (lower edge) “Giulio Cesare Colonna ed Elena della Rovere, quadro di Girolamo da Sermoneta nella Cappella di s. Lorenzo nella cattedrale di Palestrina/ Camera e Cassina”.

Condition: a well-printed engraving with very finely executed hand-colouring. The sheet has minor surface marks and pale foxing, otherwise the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains.

I am selling this curiously wonderful engraving with its beautifully rendered figures of donors that may be executed by the hand(s) of the original engravers (based on other prints of the series having details painted by the same artists), for the total cost of AU$298 (currently US$195.83/EUR180.24/GBP154.69 at the time of posting this listing) including 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 rare engraving reproducing a painting by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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