Maggi & Ficoroni

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This book on the buildings and ruins of Rome by the 17th century artist and engraver, Giovanni Maggi, is typical of the works by which the ruins of antiquity became known outside Italy through that century. The remnant of the Temple of Jupiter Stator (Castor and Pollux) in the Roman Forum, shown here with its prominent and accessible columns and entablature, was the frequent subject of measured drawings by the visiting architects of the 18th century. The amphitheatre was at the Campus Martius. Maggi is now better known for an impressive twelve sheet perspectival map of Rome that was published after his death in 1725. A copy of an early 20th century reprint of Iconographia della citta di Roma is held in the Library's Special Collections.
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Ficoroni's book on the ruins was produced less than a decade before Wood's volume on Palmyra, and was almost certainly aimed at the northern travelers on the Grand Tour. Shown here is an iconic illustration of the Arch of Constantine near the Colosseum. Ficoroni also produced books on Italian theatre and theatrical masks.
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Detail. Maggi, Giovanni.Aedificiorvm et rvinarvm Romae ex antiqvis atqve hodiernis monimentis liber primus [-secundus]. [s.n.], 1618.

Detail. Maggi, Giovanni.
Aedificiorvm et rvinarvm Romae ex antiqvis atqve hodiernis monimentis liber primus [-secundus]. [s.n.], 1618.
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