17th century copper-engravings of Classical Sculptures
These prints are from a series showing the antique marble statues from the collection of Vincenzo Giustiniana, published by Joachim von Sandrart. These statues were on display in the 'Galleria Giustiniana del Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani'. Sandrart assembled a team of mostly Dutch and French artists to produce the engravings for the Galleria, including Theodor Matham, Michael Natalis, Renier Persin, Cornelis Bloemaert, Claude Mellan, and Francois Perrier. The work was published in Rome circa 1636. Galleria served as a record of the antiquities and statues of the famous Giustiniani art collection. The Giustiniani brothers were exceedingly wealthy and descendants of the Genoese dynasty and became noted collectors of art. At the time of Vincenzo's death in 1637 he had amassed 600 paintings and 1800 ancient sculptures. Original copper-engraving, mounted and framed in black.