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Monday 19 November 2018

Giovanni Battista Galestruzzi’s etching, “Three Roman Statues”, 1660, after Polidoro da Caravaggio

Giovanni Battista Galestruzzi (1619–c1678)

“Three Roman Statues” (aka “Les statues de trois anciens Romains placées l'une à côté de l'autre”), 1660, plate six in the series of six etchings, “Trophies of Arms and Vases”, after Polidoro da Caravaggio (aka Polidoro Caldara; Polidoro da Caravagio) (c1500–1536/7?).

Etching on fine laid paper with wide margins (as published?) and backed with a support sheet.
Lettered on plate below each of the statues: (left sculpture) “POLIDORO DA CARAVAGGIO INVEN.”; (middle sculpture) “Gio Batta Galestruzzi fiorentino.”; (right sculpture) “Pittore fece. In ROMA 1660.”
Numbered on plate: (lower right corner) “6”.

TIB 46 (21).52 (64) (Paolo Bellini [ed.] 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Century”, vol. 46, Abaris Books, New York, p. 109); Bartsch XXI.64.52.

The British Museum offers a description of this print:
The Harvard Art Museum has a trimmed copy of this print featuring the statue on the left: and the two statues on the right:

Condition: crisp, well-printed impressions with wide margins (as published) in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing) and laid together upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this early impression (based on the crisp linework showing no sign of wear to the printing plate) of a seldom seen etching (note that the Rijksmuseum does not hold a copy and the Harvard museum has an impression that is cut in two sections) for total cost of AU$287 (currently US $210.04/EUR 183.87/GBP 163.14 at the time of 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 these fascinating depictions of Roman sculptures viewed from the perspective of a worm, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


  1. To be precise: the group is not from ancient statues but from the painted facade of Palazzo Milesi in Rome. The couple are Cato Uticenses and Phocion the Good.

  2. Thanks for that ... and you are right! Polidoro da Caravaggio is not a sculptor but rather a painter who has painted these Roman sculptures that Galestruzzi has translated into this etching. The British Museum's description öf the portrayed figures may need a touch of tweaking to give more precision: Plate 6 ... after Polidoro, showing three Roman statues. 1660" (


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