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Thursday, June 14, 2012

AN EXQUISITE 17TH-CENTURY ALBUM OF ORNOTHOLICAL WATERCOLORS BY AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST


Atri Abruzzo, ca 1627
One page from A Magnificent Album of Original Watercolors of Birds from the Late Italian Renaissance.
7 4/8 x 5 inches

$150,000

8vo (7 4/8 x 5 inches). 23 leaves laid paper, numbered 9 -30, painted on both sides. Disbound.

Includes more than 100 images of birds from the humblest quail to doves, an owl, several exotic parrots, birds of paradise, and three magnificent paintings of male peacocks in full plumage. Each bird has been neatly annotated with its local Italian name. There are also images of an Italian gentleman in 17th-century dress and wig, deer, a fox, some rabbits and a strange catfish that has been recorded as being caught in Atri Abruzzo on the 6th of August 1627.

Atri in the central Italian region of Abruzzo is an ancient and historical town, with Etrsucan and Roman ruins. Home of the ancient and influential Dukes of Aquaviva the town experience a renaissance in the17th-century: the facades of many buildings, including the central and imposing Ducal Palace date to this period as do the celebrated frescos of Giacomo Farelli (1624-1701) found
in the ancient 13th-century duomo.

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