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Neoclassical, Art, Mythology, Statues & Sculpture, Florentine Museum, Antique Prints, Florence, c. 1734


Antonio Francesco Gori (1691-1757) (author)
Giovanni Domenico Campiglia (1692-1768) (after)
C. Gregori, V. Franceschini, I.B. Iacobonus, G. Guttierez, C. Magalli, G.B. Lapi, M. Pitteri, G. M. Preisler, C. Orsolini, M.A. Corsi, G.G. Frezza, S. Pomarede, Masini, Gabbuggiani, Rossi, M. Sorello (engravers)
Ancient Greco-Roman Statues
from Museum Florentinum: Statue Antiquae Deorum et Vivorum Illustrium Centum Aereis Tabulis
[Florentine Museum: Ancient Statues of Gods and Illustrious Men in 100 Engraved Plates]
Francis J. Moückel, Florence: 1734
Black-and-white etchings
20 x 14 inches each, overall
14 x 9 inches, average plate mark
$400 each

Currently available as shown:
Apollo, Plate XII
Bacchus, Plate L.
Pancratiastae, Plate LXXIII

Various engravings from a splendid collection of renditions of ancient statues of mythological and allegorical figures in celebrated collections and museums in Florence, Italy. They were drawn by Giovanni Campiglia and etched after these designs by renowned Italian engravers of the era. In this set, well-known male and female figures from classical mythology are depicted, often as nudes. The prints include Roman gods and goddesses such as Apollo, Bacchus and Venus. Other examples are Urania, the muse of astronomy, and Victoria, an allegorical figure representing victory of the city of Rome. Another sculpture illustrated in the collection Pancratiastae, shows two participants in pancratium, an ancient athletic contest of boxing and wrestling. The images are at once accurate records of the Greco-Roman statues they depict and elegant engravings in their own right. Such prints were often purchased by English and European aristocrats interested in the ancient world, including those who had been on the Grand Tour to Italy. Indeed, images of ancient art such as these were an influential part of 18th-century art scholarship influencing the artistic and architectural movement of neoclassicism.

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Antonio Francesco Gori was a Florentine antiquarian and professor, best known for his publication of works on Roman sculpture and antiquities. These works were an influential part in 18th and early 19th century neoclassicism. Gori’s major work, Museum Florentinium, comprised a comprehensive visual record of the Medici and other collections in Florence of antiquities of all kinds. Its 12 volumes were published from 1731 to 1766. Gori employed some of the most renowned artists of the day to draw and then engrave the great works of Greco-Roman arts in these collections. The statue prints are from the second volume of Roman scuplture and monuments. It was dedicated to Gian Gastone de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, last of the Medici Grand Dukes, whose collection dominated the publication. In addition to the volume on statuary, the others included plates on coins, gems and other museum treasures.

Full Title: Statuae Antiquae Deorum Et Virorum Illustrium Centum Aereis Tabulis Incisae Quae Exstant In Thesauro Mediceo Cum Observationibus Antonii Francisci Gorii Publici Historiarum Professoris [Ancient Statues of Gods and Illustrious Men in 100 Engraved Plates in the Medici Collection with observations by Antonio Francesco Gori, History Professor]

Condition: Each generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling.


“Neoclassicism.” Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000-2020. (22 July 2020).

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18th Century