The Glavarchiv of Moscow opens access to unique engravings of the French and Italian masters

September 26

Glavarchiv continues identification of unique documents. Now new materials have been published on its website in the Unique Documents section -  engravings of the XVIII century made by Jacques-Philippe Loeb, Tommaso Piroli and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. These works were received by the Glavarchiv as part of the personal fund of the architect Alexander Vlasov, the author of the Gorky Park, the Crimean Bridge, the Luzhniki sports complex projects. From 1950 to 1955, Alexander Vlasov was the chief architect of Moscow.

"To date, the Glavarchiv of Moscow has already opened access to more than 350 unique documents and continues to replenish their collection. So, now the originals of engravings of the XVIII century of Italian and French masters have been added to them. These works are very valuable for art experts, historians, students and all those who are interested in world culture. The Glavarchiv of Moscow not only keeps such documents, but also introduces them to citizens," Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Moscow Mayor for Social Development, said.

The collection of unique documents includes the Cavalry Halt engraving, created in 1742 by the engraver Jacques-Philippe Lebas from a painting of the Dutch painter Philips Wouermann. Also, an album of engravings and artworks for Odyssey Homer's poem published in 1793 is available to users. The artworks are made in the technique of contour drawing in the manner of ancient Greek vase painting by the master Tommaso Piroli from the original drawings of the artist John Flaxman.

The main volume of new unique documents consists of the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an Italian engraver, artist and architect, one of the most famous masters of etching. The collection includes Landscape with the Temple of Bacchus, Villa Pamphili Near the Gate of San Pancrazio and Ruins of the Portico of the Temple of Zeus from the Vedute di Roma series (Views of Rome) engravings. This series, on which Piranesi worked for almost 30 years, is called the main portrait of Rome. All subsequent images of the Eternal City were created with an eye to his engravings.

The works of the Italian master had a significant influence on the development of the neoclassical style in both European and Russian art. A great admirer of Piranesi's work was the Empress Catherine II. His works also inspired the court architects of the Empress - Giacomo Quarenghi, Charles Cameron, Vincenzo Brenna.

The engravings of Jacques-Philippe Lebas, Tommaso Piroli and Giovanni Battista Piranesi were included in the register of unique documents of the Moscow Archive Fund based on the results of research conducted jointly with specialists of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.


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