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Sunday 1 August 2021

Copy after Pietro Aquila’s engraving, “Plate 12: Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne”, c1674, after Annibale Carracci

Unidentified copyist after Pietro Aquila (1650–1692)

“Plate 12: Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne”, c1674, after Pietro Aquila’s engraving, after Annibale Carracci(1560–1609) fresco in the Farnese Gallery (west wing of the Palazzo Farnese), from the series of 24 engravings, “Galeriae Farnesianae Icones”, published in Rome by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi (1627–1691).

Note that the Smithsonian Libraries showcases Aquila’s print and its series in the larger publication, “Galleria Dipinta nel Palazzo del Prencipe Panfilio”, after the ceiling frescoes by Pietro da Cortona depicting the history of Aeneas in the Palazzo Pamphili, Rome” (1690), involving prints by Carlo Cesi; the series of prints by Pietro Aquila after Annibale Carracci in which this print features begins on page 96 and this print is on page 126:;

Etching with engraving on laid paper, trimmed around the image borderline (with loss of the writing edge and replenished restoration of the lower right corner) and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 19.7 x 35.7 cm.

The British Museum offers the following description of Aquila’s print (not illust.):

“Plate 12: Scene from the painted ceiling of the Farnese gallery, Rome: the triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne; a boisterous procession led by drunken Silenus, riding on an ass; To left, Bacchus and Ariadne seating on a cart, Ariadne seen crowned by a putto flying overhead; several drunken figures surrounding the cart, including Maenads, Satyrs and putti; 1674 Etching with some engraving”


See also the descriptions at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia):;

Condition: a well-printed impression, trimmed around the image borderline with loss of the writing edge and a significant replenished lower right corner, but without significant stains or foxing, and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this jewel-like engraved scene of mythological figures (after Aquila’s design) that translates a section of Annibale Carracci’s fresco ceiling in the Farnese Gallery into line, for AU$269 (currently US$197.59/EUR166.43/GBP142.07 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 very beautiful engraving (after Aquila’s design), 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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