Ancient Greek pottery. ORLANDI. Le Nozze di Paride ed Elena.

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Ancient Greek pottery. ORLANDI. Le Nozze di Paride ed Elena.
 ORLANDI, Orazio. Le Nozze di Paride ed Elena rappresentate in un vaso antico del Museo del Sig. Tommaso Jenkins. Roma, Giovanni Zempel, 1775

Folio 370x225 mm; Binding in marbled boards; gilt title on label at the spine. Pp. 4, 27, 1. Frontispiece engraved by Guglielmo Miller depicting the vase, 1 folded copper plates out text. Woodcut initials and ornaments, pages within ornamental frame. Name of the Author appear in the dedication. Some page with sporadic foxing, good copy.

Condition Report

First edition. Orazio Orlandi analyzes the iconographic apparatus and the inscription of a marble vase belonging to Thomas Jenkins. The vase, adorned with bunches of grapes, masks and festoons, is especially embellished by 7 beautiful figures carved in relief. Orlandi believed to recognize in this mythical illustration, the marriage between Paris and Elena. The author puts forward many conjectures in order to justify this thesis, drawing mainly on the Homeric text of the Iliad. Moreover, Orlandi also interpreted the inscription that adorns the vase, previously analyzed by the Grutero, the Appiano, the Muratori and the Gori.


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