Il Museo Pio Clementino

Some illustrations from the title pages of various volumes of Il Museo Pio Clementino described by Enno Quirino Visconti, Rome, 1792.

Don Lake of D & E Lake Books in Toronto sold me this many years ago, but incomplete, and without the actual illustrations. It is an enormous book: the individual (unbound, uncut) pages are each about 18½ × 25 inches and the pile of pages that I do have is some four and a half inches thick.

Although my copy lacks the illustrations, I do have some of the title pages for the individual books, and they each have an engraving of a heraldic shield with various things surrounding it. And if you know anyone would like some eighteenth century Italian paper with a book printed on it...

[picture: Heraldic Crest and Symbols of Industry]

Heraldic Crest and Symbols of Industry

This heraldic crest is from the title page to Vlume VI of the huge book. If you are able to give a formal description of this image I’d love to hear from you; informally, it shows an armorial bearing of a head (probably Zephyr, the West Wind) blowing a flower, surmounted by three stars. The shield is mounted on a shell, and has myrtle branches [...]putto (a naked boy, anatomically correct) grasping a bird (a goose?), a cornucpoia of coins, and a rather peterbed-looking mask. On the right is a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, an Egyptian-style vase, a severed head or bust, and instruments of navigation: calipers for measuring distance on a chart, a square and a book. The whole may signify spoils from plundered distant lands but I am not certain. [more...]

[picture: Heraldic Crest and Symbols of Art]

Heraldic Crest and Symbols of Art

This heraldic crest is from the title page to Volume IV of the huge book. If you are able to give a formal description of this image I’d love to hear from you; informally, it shows an armorial bearing of a head (probably Zephyr, the West Wind) blowing a flower, surmounted by three stars. The shield is mounted on a shell, and has myrtle branches [...] [more...]



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