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Cristobal Lozano presents to Pope Alexander VII an engraving of a mountain transformed into a statue of a man. Engraving by F. Spierre after Pietro da Cortona.

Pietro, da Cortona, 1597-1669.
Date
[1666]

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Description

A man next to Lozano points to a mountain transformed into a statue of Alexander the Great. He appears not to be a self-portrait of Pietro da Cortona; he seems to represent the ancient architect Dinocrates of Rhodes, who according to Vitruvius proposed to Alexander "to transform Mount Athos into the statue of a man holding a spacious city in his left hand, and in his right a huge cup, into which shall be collected all the streams of the mountain, which shall then be poured into the sea" (De architectura, lib. II, introduction)

Lettering

Eques Petrus Berrettinus Corton del. Franciscus Spierre sculpsit Rome

Publication/Creation

[Rome] : [typis Nicolai Angeli Tinassij], [1666]

Edition

[State in which the star is placed over the mountain, not over the banderolle, Alexander VII's coat of arms is shown bottom left, and Lozanus is presenting a plate, not a book].

Physical description

1 print : line engraving, with etching

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 42554i

Language

  • Latin


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