Aerarii Publici Rome, from a Series of 24 Depicting (Reconstructed) Buildings from Roman Antiquity

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century Italian
Previously attributed to Monogrammist G.A. & the Caltrop Italian

Not on view

Perspectival depiction of the side view of a building referred to as the ‘Aerarii Publici Rome’, the public treasury of Rome. The main body of the building is circular in shape interrupted at regular intervals by semi-circular absidioles and an avant-corps on the front side (here seen on the left). The avant-corpse consists of a monumental staircase that leads up to the fourth floor of the building. A separate staircase leads to the top of the building, which is crowned by a dome with a balustrade. While the building is meant to represent the public treasury of Rome, thought to have been located on the Capitoline Hill near the Temple of Saturnus, very few architectural elements remain to indicate what the building may have looked like, and this rendition was likely created as an ekphrasis.

The print is part of a group of architectural prints depicting buildings from Roman Antiquity, ranging from triumphal arches to bath houses, temples and palaces in Italy, France and Spain. Some of the buildings have been artificially reconstructed based on Medieval descriptions, while others are depicted in their ruinous states. The plates are known in several (uncatalogued) states, and have undergone minor changes over time. Several titles of buildings have been changed, and the plates have been cropped as a result of plate cracks and oxidation.

Most copper plates for this series have been engraved on both sides. This print is taken from the same plate as the 'Pinaculu Termar'.

Aerarii Publici Rome, from a Series of 24 Depicting (Reconstructed) Buildings from Roman Antiquity, Anonymous, Italian, 16th century, Engraving

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