The Resource Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,, (electronic resource)

Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,, (electronic resource)

Label
Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,, 1796-1797
Title
Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,
Inclusive dates
1796-1797
Creator
Contributor
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Language
ita
Summary
The album comprises 96 numbered leaves of architectural drawings, which are preceded by a two-page introduction, and followed by a two-page table of contents. Most of the drawings are copies made after originals in private collections, and after prints published in books or circulated as broadsides. There are 7 buildings drawn by Honorati after measurements taken by eye on site. All the drawings have captions listing the name or type of building, the place, the destination or owner, the architect, the date, and the source of the original drawings. Each drawing includes a scale. The 37 buildings in the album are presented in elevations, plans and often also in sections, the latter accompanied by detailed explanations. Some drawings have not been used for actual constructions. The samples chosen by Honorati cover the classical style, from antiquity through Renaissance to neoclassical buildings, mainly from the last quarter of the 18th century
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  • Accessioned
Biographical or historical data
Cavaliere Gaudenzio Honorati's life-span covered most of the 18th century; he was still active in 1797. Architecture was his lifelong passion, but he appears to have been only a learned and devoted amateur.
Cataloging source
CMalG
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fl. 1790-1799
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Honorati, Gaudenzio
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  • 1613-1688
  • 1705-1772
  • 1744-1817
  • b. ca. 1734-d. after 1794
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  • Haggerston, Carnaby
  • Perrault, Claude
  • Pompei, Alessandro
  • Quarenghi, Giacomo
  • Sanmicheli, Michele
  • Stern, Giovanni
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  • Honorati, Settimio
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Architecture
  • Architecture
  • Church buildings
  • Neoclassicism (Architecture)
  • Country homes
  • Palaces
  • Public buildings
  • Theaters
  • Triumphal arches
Summary expansion
  • The introduction to the manuscript contains not only technical information about its realization, but also the rationale for his choice of examples. He states that he made the album "mano propria", from 1796 to May 1797. The last sentence is a formal statement that the album was made for his own use, only for study and remembrance, and not for any other purpose
  • One third of the buildings are Italian country homes (casina di villa), except one in Northumberland, England, designed by the baronet Carnaby Haggerston (pp. 27-29). Three villas were made by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi, before he settled in St. Petersburg to serve the Empress Catherine II (pp. 25-29 and 32-34). Another third of the buildings are churches and chapels. One of them was drawn by Honorati after a model in wood "molto bene eseguito" for a country church (pp. 19-24). He reproduces the drawings of three chapels built by Michele Sanmicheli, two of which are mentioned by Vasari, with emphatic praise for the circular one at the church San Bernardino in Verona (pp. 59-64, 82-83). Three chapels had the plans made after measurements taken on site by Honorati in 1792 and 1793. The captions of these drawings also include some autobiographical information (pp. 59-60, 78, 87)
  • The last third of the drawings are of heterogeneous buildings made for public use, both Italian and foreign, old and contemporary. One plan for a building in "stile antico" was copied from a drawing made with a "camera lucida" owned by the architect Giovanni Stern (p.39), who is also represented in the album by his drawings of the Benedictine nuns' house he built in Campo Marzio, Rome, in 1777 (pp. 35-37). Honorati reproduces two Parisian works of Claude Perrault: the Royal Observatory (pp. 65-69), and the contribution to the Louvre facade (p.70), also mentioning his translation of and commentary to Vitruvius' book. There is one triumphal arch "di buon gusto d'architettura" erected out of the Porta San Gallo for the entry of the Emperor Francis I and his spouse Maria Teresa into Florence in 1739 (p.79). At the end of the album are the drawings of a little church from the 15th century, near Iesi, made by the author on site in 1793 (87-88), and the drawings of the new Theater of Iesi, the city of Honorati. The latter include plans, elevations and sections of the various floors of the theater, with ample explanations and a sharp criticism of the architect, Francesco Maria Ciarazani(?) of Bologna: un "mediocre capo mastro muratore" now promoted to Architect, rather for convenience than for merit. The theater, commenced in 1790, was being finished "quest'anno 1797", when Honorati himself was reaching the end of his album
Label
Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Note
  • Binding: half mottled calf; rigid boards covered in mottled brown paper; on front cover pastedown book plate of Carlo Verzoni; also the book plate of the Muzio collection, without the name, almost covering the previous one (with the name), procedure used by the family before selling the collection
  • Some captions and descriptions contain autobiographical references about the author, his family and and his obvious passion for architecture (pp. 59, 75, 78, 87, etc.). Architect friends accompany him or host him in their homes during his trips to various Italian cities, including Orvieto, where his brother, Monsignior Settimio Honorati, was governor in 1793. Descendents of the Honorati family of marquesses still resided in the Palazzo Honorati of Iesi in 1965, as documented in correspondence attached to another manuscript of Gaudenzio Honorati in the Getty Research Library (acc. no. 850109)
Dimensions
24 x 19 cm.
Extent
1 v. (98 leaves) :
Governing access note
Open for use by qualified researchers
Note
Library has another manuscript by Gaudenzio Honorati, which is a complete Italian version of William Chambers' book Plans, elevations, sections ... of the buildings at Kew in Surry (1763), with all the drawings copied by Honorati (acc. # 850109).
Ownership
Provenance: Muzio Collection; previously in Carlo Verzoni Collection, and in Giovanni Muzio Collection.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn145989206
  • 104617
  • (CaSfIA)raccoltadivaridi00hono
Label
Raccolta di vari disegni d'architettura,, (electronic resource)
Note
  • Binding: half mottled calf; rigid boards covered in mottled brown paper; on front cover pastedown book plate of Carlo Verzoni; also the book plate of the Muzio collection, without the name, almost covering the previous one (with the name), procedure used by the family before selling the collection
  • Some captions and descriptions contain autobiographical references about the author, his family and and his obvious passion for architecture (pp. 59, 75, 78, 87, etc.). Architect friends accompany him or host him in their homes during his trips to various Italian cities, including Orvieto, where his brother, Monsignior Settimio Honorati, was governor in 1793. Descendents of the Honorati family of marquesses still resided in the Palazzo Honorati of Iesi in 1965, as documented in correspondence attached to another manuscript of Gaudenzio Honorati in the Getty Research Library (acc. no. 850109)
Dimensions
24 x 19 cm.
Extent
1 v. (98 leaves) :
Governing access note
Open for use by qualified researchers
Note
Library has another manuscript by Gaudenzio Honorati, which is a complete Italian version of William Chambers' book Plans, elevations, sections ... of the buildings at Kew in Surry (1763), with all the drawings copied by Honorati (acc. # 850109).
Ownership
Provenance: Muzio Collection; previously in Carlo Verzoni Collection, and in Giovanni Muzio Collection.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn145989206
  • 104617
  • (CaSfIA)raccoltadivaridi00hono

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