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ZOCCHI, Giuseppe.

Vedute delle ville, e d'altri loghi della Toscana.

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Florence, Giuseppe Bouchard, 1757

Complete set of the finest pictorial record of Tuscany in the xviii century. A fine example.

Zocchi (1711-67), a painter, draftsman, and etcher, was the protege of Gerini, who commissioned these prints and also paid for Zocchi's artistic education in Rome, Bologna, and Lombardy. Although he made easel and mural paintings, Zocchi's oeuvre is richest in drawings and prints.

The third (second Bouchard) edition. The first was published in 1744 and a second (Bouchard's first) in 1754. The fine plates show Tuscan villas set in gardens and the surrounding bucolic landscape. The scenes are enlivened by human and animal activity, often of a humorous nature a man fights to control his cloak whilst his hat is whisked away by a Tuscan hill-top wind. To the more discerning viewer, the work is a powerful example of political art with the engravings carrying pro-Tuscan, and specifically pro-Florentine, messages.

After the death of Grand Duke Gian

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Landscape folio (390 x 58 cm), etched title and 50 etched and engraved plates of the villas of Tuscany after Zocchi by Piranesi and others, mostly Italian, occasional very minor soiling, contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco label, neat repairs to joints and edges.


Millard, Italian Books, 169; Berlin Katalog 2701.

Stock ID:89706

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