In this 1761 etching Giuseppe Vasi showed the arrival of very important guests at Villa Borghese; however the access to the southern gardens of the villa was not restricted to the friends of Prince Borghese, but it was allowed to the public in general, following a practice initiated by Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, the founder of the villa. We owe to his generosity the fact that his heirs were unable to partition and sell the gardens in the late 19th Century, because of a clause in his will which turned the practice into a vested right of the citizens of Rome.
Etching of 1761, engraved by Giuseppe Vasi. Painter, artist , architect, archaeologist, etcher and engraver. Born in Corleone (near Palermo) on August 28th, 1710, died in Roma on April 16th ,1782. He moved to Rome after an early period spent painting in his hometown and was a pupil of Sebastiano Conca, P. L. Ghezzi and of Juvara. He gained fame as a skillful engraver and worked for famous patrons like Ferdinando and Carlo III of Naples, and Benedetto XIV. He was proclaimed Knight and engraver of the court of Naples. His engravings are considered immortal. Some of his painting can be seen in Palazzo Farnese and Palazzo di Caprarola. Piranesi was one of his pupils.
Item condition: Good condition, but some signs of foxing and mildew. Condition is appropriate for age and use. See photos for complete assessment.
Note: glass framed.
Height: 8.66 inches / 22 centimeters
Width: 13.77 inches / 35 centimeters
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18th Century, Villa Borghese, Giuseppe Vasi, Coloured Engraving