- Museum number
- Series: Pitture del Salone Imperiale del Palazzo di Firenze, si aggiungono le pitture del Salone e Cortile delle Imperiali Ville della Petraia e del Poggio a Caiano, opere di vari celebri pittori Fiorentini in Tavole XXVI
The incomplete series consisting of the frontispiece and 12 plates after frescoes relating to the history of Lorenzo de' Medici in the Palazzo Pitti by or after Giovanni da San Giovanni by a team of engravers in Florence or Rome, and 6 plates (only) after frescoes relating to later distinguished members of the Medici family in the villa della Petraia outside Florence by il Volterrano, all engraved by Giuliano Giampiccoli; all the plates are after intermediary drawings by Giovanni Elia Morghen; the series was first published in 1751, this is a later reprint by Giuseppe Bouchard in 1766
Etchings with engraving
- Production date
- 1751 (first edition)
Height: 697 millimetres
Width: 502 millimetres (sheet size)
- Curator's comments
- The frontispiece is misleading as it was made for the first edition published by Giuseppe Allegrini in 1751, and was reworked for this 1766 reprint. The series in the BM is incomplete.
The complete series of 26 plates consists of
1: plates numbered 1-XII, being of the wall paintings by or after Giovanni da San Giovanni in the Pitti palace in Florence; (pl. 1--10);
2: plates numbered 1 to 10 being of the frescoes by Baldassare Franceschini called il Volterrano in the Imperial Villa at Petraia
3: plates numbered 1 to 4 after the frecoes by Andrea del Sarto at Poggio a Caiano, as completed by Alessandro Allori and Franciabigio.
This copy has the first group of plates numbered I to XII, and the first six (only) of the second group. It lacks all of the third group of plates. A complete copy is in the Sir John Soane Museum (ref.no.2825).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The 19 plates plus one unrelated stray (1936,1007.45) are in a modern blue binding made by the British Museum bindery after acquisition in 1936.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number