The First Museum of the World

Descrizione delle Sculture, e Pitture che si trovano al Campidoglio, compilata da Agostino Tofanelli, Direttore del Museo, Protomoteca, e Gallerie Capitoline.

168 pp. Small 8vo (164 x 95 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper wrappers (edges worn). Rome: Mordacchini, 1825.

A scarce revised and updated edition (1st ed. under this title: 1819) of this museum catalogue. It describes the institution’s paintings and sculptures, a number of which had been seized by the French during the conquest of Italy and subsequently returned.

A very good copy; some soiling and wear to the wrappers.

❧ For an account of the museum’s establishment see C. Paul, “Capitoline Museum, Rome: Civic Identity and Personal Cultivation,” in The First Modern Museums of Art: The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early 19th-Century Europe (2012), pp. 21-45.

Price: $250.00

Item ID: 7406