Lacrime di Parnaso, in morte del sig. Girolamo Albanese Insigne statuario. Sacrate all’illustrissimo signor Co. Alessandro Goddi

23 MOLINI Carlo Lacrime di Parnaso in morte del sig Girolamo Albanese Insigne statuarioMOLINI, Carlo

Vicenza, Giovita Bottelli, 1663

In 8vo; front. and pp. (8), 94, c. (1) with a woodcut representing a pomegranate; a portrait of Albanese printed on copper in full page out of text. The frontespiece is engraved by Ruphonus, and shows two cypresses with laurel lines, a cartiglio with the title and a winged horse flying in a natural landscape. In the text a lot of nice head and tail pieces. A manuscript possession note, Leonardo Leonardo Trissino,1827. Original boards.

Rare first edition of this work dedicated to the sculptor and architecte Girolamo Albanese (Vicenza 1584-1660); the book is divided into three parts, each with his own title page:Lacrime di Parnaso (Italian poems for Albanese), Feralia in Parnaso (latin poems), Hieronymi Albanesi insignis statuarii opera poetarum carminibus decantata (a collection of Italian and latin poems celebrating Albanese’s sculpures).The marble statues mentioned represent pagan divinities,animals and hunting. Moreover there is the description of a bronze Pallade, a hind, a golden crucifix (in Ferrara), and two silver statues (Vergine, and a Beata Vicenza) in the Santuario of Monte Iberico. The last poem refers to a Mosé made by Albanese for Urbano VIII and placed in San Pietro, Rome.

Albanese was also a goldsmith and a painter. He made the Madonna between San Vincenzo and Stefano on the Towerof Piazza, in Vicenza; as an architect the Oratorio del duomo and the Oratorio del Crocifisso.

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