Pair of early antique Ercolano bronze horse monument engravings after Giovanni Battista Casanova and Carlo Nolli from Le Antichità di Ercolano Esposte (The antiquities of Ercolano exposed) first published between 1757 and 1792. Printed on early laid paper, a fleur de lys within a double circle watermark characteristic of Italy is visible when the sheet is trans-iluminated (see last photo). The pages are inscribed as follows:
Joan Casanova del.
Giovanni Battista Casanova ( 1730 – 1795), brother of the famous adventurer Giacomo, was a Venetian painter and printmaker. Together with Carlo Nolli (d. 1770), Casanova was among the artists selected by the King of Naples to record the antiquities uncovered at Ercolano / Herculaneum under the ashes of Vesuvius. "The antiquities of Ercolano exposed" consisted of eight tomes and a first edition of two hundred was given away to members of the Naples Royal Family and other dignataries. Beautifully matted and framed, ready to display. In very good condition with wide margins, toning and spotting consistent with age as shown.
Measurements: Frame: 24 1/2" by 20 1/2" approximately; sheet 18 7/8" by 14" approximately.
Pair Ercolano Antiquities Bronze Horse Monument Engravings Nolli after Casanova - circa 18th Century, Italy