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[The Vaticano Obelisk.]
[The Vaticano Obelisk.]
Si stampano in Roma da Gio: Iacomo De Rossi alla Pace. [n.d., c.1680.]
Engraving. 490 x 360mm (19¼ x 14¼"). With very large margins ragged, creased in middle as normal.
The Vaticano Obelisk, the centrepiece of the St. Peter's Square, with the Basilica behind. An Egyptian obelisk of unknown origin (lacking hieroglyphics), the obelisk was moved first to Alexandria around 30-28 BC by the Roman Prefect, then to Rome by Caligula in AD37. Having been placed in Nero's circus, it was moved to Saint Peter's Square by Pope Sixtus V in 1586, making it the first monumental obelisk raised in the modern period. The only obelisk in Rome that has not fallen since Roman times, it is topped by a gilt ball once believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.
BM: 2006,U.827.
[Ref: 28666]   £380.00  
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[The Judgement of Solomon.]
[The Judgement of Solomon.] Ad Testem, in Iudicio, Naturam vocavit Sapientiss. Salomon et vera Mater Filium dimidiari non est passa.
[after Pietro Aquila.]
[Rome: Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi, c.1675.]
Engraving. Sheet 235 x 270mm (9¼ x 10½"). Trimmed close to printed border on three sides, into inscription area at bottom, losing publication line, mounted on album paper, old ink mss. in title area. Damaged.
The Judgement of Solomon, showing a soldier about to cut the baby in half. Jewish interest.
[Ref: 40495]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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