Sold together as a group, three early copper engravings on heavy paper, one titled "Deuil D'une Personne Qui Vient de Mourir" (20" by 24" framed), another "Mort. Le Passage de Caron, Le Fleuve du Styx, et les tourmens de L'enfer" (20" by 24" framed) and finally a smaller print, "Sepulcre ou Mausolee" (18" by 12 1/2" framed). The engraver was PIETRO SANTI BARTOLI (1635-1700), a noted Italian engraver, draftsman and painter. Born in Perugia, he studied briefly with the great Poussin. Today he is known for his engravings of Italian classic monuments and ancient Roman artifacts. His antiquarian interest set the stage for later artists, who used Bartoli's images as references, before employing the antique architecture and artifacts in their paintings. Interestingly in this time of Pluto exploration, the second print's title translates as "Death. The passage of Charon, the River Styx, and the torments of Hell". Charon was the boatman on the feared River Styx of mythology, across which the dead were transported. The prints are in very good condition, with center folds on the larger pieces (which apparently came from books), some minor foxing, and other minor flaws expected of prints over 300 years old. Frames show some wear.
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