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Saturday 21 August 2021

Pietro Fontana’s engraving, “Venus et Adonis”, 1803, after Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

Pietro Fontana (1762–1837)

“Venus et Adonis”, 1803, from the series, “Le Musée Français”, published in Paris by Robillard-Péronville and Pierre Laurent (1739–1809) in “Le Musée Français, Recueil Complet des Tableaux, Statues et Bas-Reliefs, qui Composent la Collection Nationale”(1803-1809), after the intermediary design by Gallier (fl.c1800–1820), after the painting (1645–47) of the same composition now in the Musée de Morlaix, France, by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (c1610–1662) (see

The British Museum offers a description of the publication in which this print features:

See also the description of the publication offered by the Royal Academy:

Engraving on heavy wove paper with wide margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 42.7 x 57.5 cm; (plate) 33.3 x 38.4 cm; (image borderline) 27.8 x 34.7 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Peint par Romanelli.”; (centre) “Dessiné par Gallier./ VENUS ET ADONIS.”; (right) “Gravé à Rome par fontana.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Venus reclining in a landscape accompanied by Cupid, Adonis at the right accompanied by a dog, an oval composition, after Romanelli Engraving” (

See also the description of this print offered by the Harvard Art Museums:

Condition: a strong, possibly even faultless impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or signs of handling.

I am selling this huge engraving in near pristine condition exemplifying the discipline and technical skill of the highest order attained by engravers in the early 19th century, for the total cost of AU$284 (currently US$202.83/EUR173.28/GBP148.95 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 spectacularly grand engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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