Fabbriche e disegni di Giacomo Quarenghi architetto di S. M. l’Imperatore di Russia, Cavaliere di Malta e di S. Walodimiro . . .

presso Paolo Antonio Tosi
Size : 45 x 31,5 cm
Condition : A
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 522


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One volume in-folio (45 x 31,5 cm); half-bound with corners, smooth spine ornamented, ochre morocco title-piece, hardbacks covered with marbled paper.

Portrait, 46 pp (including title), 1 f.n.ch., 59 plates. A few plates loose, a very light marginal wetness on two-three leaves.

First edition published posthumously by his son Giulio.

The work is illustrated with a portrait of the author engraved by John (?) Sanders after a sketch by Antonio Vighi, and with superb plates engraved by Ivan Ivanovich Kolpakov (1771-1840) after Quarenghi representing plans, views and sections of the most beautiful buildings erected by the latter in St. Petersburg and its surroundings. Although the text of the work is in Italian, the plates are captioned in French. A second edition was published by Negretti in Mantua in 1843-44, with 66 additional plates. 

Some plates loose, very light marginal damptaining to 2-3 leaves

Brunet IV, 997

Giacomo Quarenghi was an Italian architect born in 1744 in Rota Imagna near Bergamo and died in St Petersburg in 1817.     In 1763, Giacomo went to Rome to study painting with Raphael Mengs, the first leader of the neo-classical movement, and then with the Italian painter, draughtsman, engraver and decorator Stefano Pozzi, before turning to architecture on the latter's advice. He then studied the works of the great masters of the Renaissance, particularly through theoretical treatises. Influenced by the works of Andrea Palladio, he obtained a few commissions before being called by Empress Catherine II of Russia to St Petersburg where he embellished the city with a large number of buildings including the State Bank, the Merchants' Exchange... and other buildings in the area, such as the palace of Grand Duke Alexander in Sarcoselo, the house of Prince Besbarodko, the house of Count Stading in Elgammer in South Germany, the theatre and picture gallery of the Hermitage, the staircase of the Imperial Palace in Moscow, etc. The courts of Austria, Bavaria and England also commissioned him to design several monuments which were built according to his drawings. Quarenghi was elected a member of the Academy of St. Petersburg and of several European academies of fine arts, and received several high honours. He is largely responsible for the magnificence of St Petersburg.