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Saturday 17 August 2019

Pietro Santi Bartoli's etching, "Frieze from the Arch of Septimus Severus in Rome”, 1690

Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635–1700)

“Frieze from the Arch of Septimus Severus in Rome”, 1690, published in Rome by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi (aka Jo Jacobus de Rubeis; Giovanni Jacomo de' Rossi) (1627-1691) as plate 14 (of 50/52 plates) with Latin text by the famous antiquarian and connoisseur, Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1613–1696), in “Veteres Arcus Augustorum Triumphis Insignes”, 1690. (See the description of this publication and all the plates offered by Heidelberg Universtiy Library: Note that the British Museum holds a copy of this publication (acquired in 1967), but the curator of the museum advises that their copy of the book (unbound) lacks this plate along with plates 1, 2, 4, 5, 16–19, 34, 35, 40 and 41 (see BM no. 1981,U.3222-3259).

Etching on laid paper with full margins (as published in 1690) and flattened centre fold backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 48.5 x 59.4 cm; (plate) 38.6 x 47.2 cm; (image borderline) 37.5 x 46.8 cm.
Lettered on plate: (upper centre) “TABVLA E”; descriptive lines of Latin text by Bellori for each illustration; (lower right corner) “14”.

The Print Collector offers a description of another print from this publication:

Condition: a magnificent impression, richly inked and crisp (no doubt a lifetime impression based on the impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate) in excellent (near faultless) condition for its considerable age, laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this huge and very rare etching reproducing the relief sculptures on the Arch of Septimus Severs (Rome) featuring in the upper four panels a triumphal procession and, in the lower fragments, four winged genii representing the seasons, for AU$236 (currently US$160.09/EUR144.25/GBP131.81 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 this grand scale etching, 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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