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Venus and Adonis. Engraving by P.M. Vitali after A. von Maron, 1783.

Maron, Anton von, 1733-1808.

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Venus and Adonis, holding spears, seated on ornate chairs in a landscape, with a child standing between them The Roman domestic mural painting of which this is a copy was situated in a room identified by Buti as room E, though that was said to be dedicated to Juno


[Rome] : [Camillo Buti], 1783.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 56 x 48.5 cm


Equiti Josepho Nicolao de Azara potentiss. Caroli III Hisp. reg. Catholici apud S. Sedem pro legato procuratorique generali aequo bonarum artium aestimatori et c. parietinas picturas inter Esquilias et Viminalem collem anno MDCCLXXVII detectas in ruderibus privatae domus Divi Antonini Pii aevo depictas facili elegantique arte et ornamentorum simplicitate spectandas servata proportione in tabulis expressas Camillus Buti architectus romanus D.D.D. MDCCLXXXIII Cum privilegio S.S.D.N. Pii VI. Eq. Ant. Maron del. Petrus Vitali sculp.

Publications note

Hetty Joyce, 'The ancient frescoes from the Villa Negroni and their influence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries', Art bulletin, September 1983, pp. 423-440, fig. 13
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, 'Romanizing frescoes: from the Villa Negroni to Ickworth', in Roma britannica: art patronage and cultural exchange in eighteenth century Rome, Rome: British School at Rome, 2011, pp. 193-203 (on the excavation and fate of the frescoes)


Wellcome Library no. 662824i

Lettering note

Bears number: VI

Reproduction note

After: a wall-painting which was discovered in Rome in 1777 in the grounds of the Villa Negroni (between S. Maria Maggiore and S. Maria degli Angeli, and later called Villa Montalto), was acquired by the Earl Bishop of Derry and subsequently perished



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