BORROMINI, Francesco.. Opera del caual. Francesco Boromino cavata da suoi originali cioe la chiesa, e fabrica della Sapienza di Roma con le vedute in prospettiua e con lo studio delle proporz.ni geometriche, piante, alzate, profili e spaccati dedicata alla Santità di N.S. Papa Clemente XI. Opus architectonicum equitis Francisci Boromini ex ejusdem exemplaribus petitum; oratorium nempé, ædesque Romanæ rr. pp. Congregationis Oratorii S. Philippi Nerii additis Scenographia, geometricis proportionibus, iconographia, prospectibus integris, obliquis, interioribus, ac extremis partium lineamentis. Accedit totius ædificii descriptio, ac ratio auctore eodem equite Boromino nunc primum edita.

Roma, Sebastiano Giannini ., 1720-1725

Two volumes in folio (555 x 410 mm.); I: engraved frontispiece, dedication leaf, advice to the reader, index of plates, engraved portrait, 46 engraved plates (numbered II-XLV), 2 unnumbered plates. II: engraved frontispiece, title-page, two dedication leaves, 31 text pages in Italian and Latin, engraved portrait, 66 engraved plates (numbered II-LXVI), 1 unnumbered folding plate. Contemporary vellum with manuscript title on spine. Binding restored, a few spots and marginal foxing. A very fine set.First edition of one of the most important books on Roman Baroque architecture. The work, published after Borromini's death, illustrates two of the most interesting projects realized by Borromini in Rome: the church of Sant' Ivo alla Sapienza (Opera, 1720) and the oratory and monastery of the church of San Filippo Neri (Opus architectonicum, 1725). ‘Although Borromini, one of the most distinguished architects of the Roman baroque, was nominated the architect of the Sapienza, the University of Rome in 1632, it was only in 1642 that he began the design of a chapel at the eastern end of the court. The plan of the chapel is based on the hexagon, with each point either opening into a niche or chamfered, creating an animation typical of Borromini's work. […] The chapel has been the subject of intense scholary interest and interpretations, […] and was first illustrated in print in the Nuovo teatro delle fabbriche et edifici in prospettiva di Roma moderna (1665) and then in Insignium Romae Templorum (1684). […] It was again illustrated in Studio d'architettura civile (1702), but the determined initiative to issue the illustrations prepared under Borromini's supervision came from the publisher Sebastiano Giannini, who had bought Borromini's drawings from his heirs. Borromini had made large presentation drawings of his buildings, some of which he commissioned Dominique Barrière to engrave, in the hope of publishing them. These copperplates were among the illustrations acquired by Giannini. The plates published by Giannini in 1720 seem to have been engraved by Barrière and another artist. Plates II to IX are based directly on the prints of Sant'Ivo prepared by Borromini and Barrière in 1660. The rest of the plates derive from a variety of sources: from Giannini's enlargments and updating of the Barrière group, from drawings by Borromini or his assistant Francesco Righi, and to a limited extent from the building as it appears in 1720. […] A lavish publication, the Sapienza is the earliest among the books that focused exclusively on one particular building within the architectural production of a single architect. In the case of Borromini, it marked the beginning of the revival of interest in his architecture, despite the invectives of eighteenth-century theorists and historians in Italy.' (Millard, IV, no. 22) In 1725 Sebastiano Giannini published the Opus architectonicus devoted to the oratory of the church of San Filippo Neri in Rome. Bernini was commissioned to complete a residence and an oratory for the Congregation of the Filippini in 1637 following Paolo Maruscelli who started the works for the sacristy in 1629. This second part of the work is of great importance because it contains an explanatory text, in Italian and in Latin, written by Borromini himself in collaboration with his friend and provost Virgilio Spada.It is very rare to find the two works togerther; most of the bibliographies call for the first volume only.Berlin Katalog 2689; Kissner 57; Cicognara 442.

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