3 June 2009
CICOGNARA, Leopoldo (1767-1834). Storia della scultura dal suo risorgimento in Italia sino al secolo di Napoleone per servire di continuazione alle opere di Winckelmann e di d'Agincourt. Venice: Picotti, 1813-1818.
3 volumes, 2° (401 x 270mm). Engraved title vignettes, 181 outline-engraved plates by Musitelli (43pl), A. Bernati (30pl), Moretti (17pl) and others. Contemporary russia with gilt scroll-work border, spines ornately gilt, marbled edges (upper cover of vol. I slightly scuffed).
FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. This ambitious work was produced while Cigognara was director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, and designed as a sequel to the art histories of Winckelmann and Seroux d'Agincourt. While the first volume is 'sino al secolo di Napoleone' and carries a dedication to Napoleon, the title-page changed after the Emperor's fall and vols. II-III are more neutrally 'sino al secolo XIX'. Canova had been a close friend of Cicognara's from childhood, and the final volume was devoted to him and Bernini. Cicognara earned a foreign members' seat in the Instiute of France as a result of his work but the cost helped to impoverish him, and in 1824 he sold his magnificant art library to Leo XII. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES (see vol. III, p. ). A second edition was published at Prato in 1823-25. Brunet II, 65; Cicognara 18; RIBA 640.
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