Andrea Sacchi and Cardinal del Monte

Andrea Sacchi and Cardinal del Monte

The Rediscovered Frescoes in the Palazzo di Ripetta in Rome

Giovan Battista Fidanza

This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book presents for the first time the rediscovered frescoes painted by Andrea Sacchi (1599-1661) for the loggia of Cardinal del Monte's Roman palace near via di Ripetta, Rome.
Publication date:
June 2022
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
90
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912168316

Dimensions : 240 X 170 mm
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£30.00

Overview
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• Explores for the first time the rediscovered frescoes painted by Andrea Sacchi (1599-1661), considered lost by generations of scholars
• Based on detailed research by the author, who was granted exclusive access to study them thoroughly following their restoration
• Explores iconography, style and sources used in the frescoes, and resolves some long-standing and complex problems of interpretation relating to alchemy
• Highly illustrated volume featuring beautiful photographic documentation of the frescoes

This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book presents for the first time the rediscovered frescoes painted by Andrea Sacchi (1599-1661) for the loggia of Cardinal del Monte's Roman palace near via di Ripetta, Rome.



Considered lost by generations of scholars, Andrea Sacchi's fresco cycle has survived in a private apartment in Rome. Largely unpublished and rarely mentioned in recent literature, the frescoes underwent a revelatory restoration in 2010-11. For the past three years, the author was granted exclusive access to study them thoroughly - resulting in this monograph.



Accompanied by beautiful and full photographic documentation, this study compares the painted images with the detailed description given by the biographer Giovan Pietro Bellori; it sheds light on the iconography and style, above all with respect to the sources used; and integrates this key commission within Sacchi's early career. The cycle's iconography is explored with careful verification of early sources that now allows us to resolve some particularly complex problems of interpretation - above all those relating to alchemy. Cardinal del Monte's Palazzo di Ripetta housed a fully equipped pharmacological laboratory. Research on this cycle of frescoes has also made it possible to discover new archival evidence regarding Sacchi's date and place of birth.