|Method||Copper engraving with original hand colouring|
|Artist||Smith after Giovanni Battista Falda|
|Published||Published 12th May 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.|
|Dimensions||Image 232 x 393 mm, Plate 263 x 402 mm, Sheet 323 x 484 mm|
A view of the Quirinal with a Papal procession of men on horseback, coaches, and the Pope in sedan chair heading towards the entrance on looks in the foreground and beyond.he title inscribed in English and French with the number 31 in the upper right of the plate.
The Quirinal Palace was constructed in 1583 as the summer palace of Pope Gregory XIII. Following the creation of the Kingdom of Italy, the Palace served as the residence of the royal family, and today is the principal residence of the Italian Presidents. It stands on the Quirinal Hill, a location which in Roman times was the site of the Temples of Flora and Quirinus, as well as the Baths of Constantine. The colossal statues of the Horse Tamers originally came from this bath complex, and were identified erroneously in Late Antiquity as the work of the famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles. The vernacular title for the Quirinal Hill that Rossini mentions in the subtitle to this view, the Monte Cavallo ('Horse Mountain'), alluded to these celebrated statues.
Giovanni Battista Falda (December 7, 1643 - August 22, 1678) was an Italian engraver, architect, and artist best known for his engravings of Rome from which he gained popularity amongst Grand Tour tourists.
Condition: Laid to an early 19th century light card album page, some marks and surface dirt in the margins not affecting the image.