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June 30, 2004

Roman Rosettes

An 18th-century interpretation of ancient Roman design. Lovely.

In 1781, Carlo Antonini published a study on the carved rosettes found decorating most interior ceilings of these ancient monuments and buildings. The publication included 100 different examples of these ornamental rosettes, found in the ruins throughout Rome and surrounding towns. The quality of the copperplate engraving of each rosette is extraordinary, featuring both the frontal view of the stone carving and a cross-section to show the depth of the carved decoration.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 30, 2004 08:34 AM

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