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Scheda Catalogo "3676 A"

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Scheda aggiornata al 04-09-2019
Opera 3676 A
  • inv. 3676 A
  • Bufalini Francesco Antonio (attivo dal 1680 ca. al 1716 ca.)
  • Spaccato del portico della Basilica di San Pietro, lato est
  • Tecnica e materia: punta acroma, punta di piombo (o grafite?), penna e inchiostro marrone, acquerello azzurro, ripassi a stilo, il verso del foglio trattato in maniera uniforme con pietra rossa su carta
  • Misure: 146 x 262 mm
  • Stemmi, emblemi, marchi: timbro a inchiostro di collezione: Reale Galleria degli Uffizi (Lugt 929) sul recto in basso al centro
  • Schede correlate: 129 A , 3596 A , 3644 A , 3679 A , 3680 A , 3682 A , 3691 A , 101772 , 101773 , 101774


  • autore ignoto di epoca antica: "50", a penna sul montaggio
  • autore ignoto ottocentesco o novecentesco: "3676 A", a matita blu sul montaggio
  • P. N. Ferri: "V. incis. 16727 in vol.", a matita sul montaggio
  • autore ignoto: "San Pietro", a matita sul montaggio
  • autore ignoto: "CLXV", a matita sul montaggio

Notizie storiche e critiche

This drawing forms a pair with inv. 3680 A. They both belong to a group of 'cartonetti' by Francesco Antonio Bufalini preparatory for plate 7 of the 'Insignium Romae Templorum Prospectus'. Both drawings carry an attribution to Ciro Ferri first and then to Carlo Maderno in Pasquale Nerino Ferri’s card index. The same curator linked the sheets to Giovanni Colin’s etchings in Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi’s 'Insignium Romae Templorum Prospectus' (1683 and 1684), as indicated by the handwritten note appearing on the album page onto which the drawings are pasted. More recently, the sheets were discussed in an important publication that rightly emphasised the importance of De’ Rossi’s architectural books in the dissemination of Roman Baroque architecture throughout Europe . Along with inv. 3679 A, they were said not to be directly used for the prints and, thus, not attributable to Bufalini, having been drawn in the same direction as the print . However, close examination of the sheets reveals a method of working aimed at transferring only the symmetrical information of the drawing. For example, the two structures flanking Maderno’s portico on the left and right do not show signs of incisions and were therefore not transferred onto the etching plates. Moreover, although the drawings are pasted down onto album pages, it is possible to see that the versos are coated with red chalk by using transmitted light or by lifting small sections of the paper that have become detached from the album pages, confirming beyond any doubt the use of these sheets as 'cartonetti' for De Rossi’s book and thus their attribution to Francesco Antonio Bufalini. The red chalk coating on the verso is fully visible on invv. 129 A and 3679 A as the sheets are not attached to a secondary support. See inv.101773 for further discussion of the series to which this drawing belongs. (Angelamaria Aceto 2017)


  • Placentino P. 2012
    Placentino P., Gli Insignium Romae Templorum Prospectus, in Antinori A., Studio d’Architettura Civile: gli atlanti di architettura moderna e la diffusione dei modelli romani nell’Europa del Settecento, Roma ,2012, pp. 235, 244
  • Aceto A. 2017
    Aceto A., From building to print: Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi and the making of architectural books, in The Burlington Magazine, CLIX, 2017, p. 698
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