The Prince of Antiquarians Francesco de Ficoroni

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Autore: Ronald T. Ridley
Anno edizione: 2017
Isbn: 978-88-7140-775-3
e-Isbn: 978-88-7140-843-9
Materie: Storia, Studi sulla cultura dell'antico
Formato: 17x24
Pagine: 300

In all the literature on Rome in the eighteen century, a figure is constantly - but fleetingly - mentioned: (Francesco di) Ficoroni. It is time to restore him to his rightful place, namely as the leading antiquarian in Rome of his age (1662-1747). He is the author of many books on his collections, and more than 500 of his letters survive, showing him as a central figure in the antiquarian life of Europe in the first half of the century, relied on by aristocrats, Church figures and collectors. He was the leading cicerone (guide) to the early visitors of the Grand Tour. The richness and importance of his life are here revealed for the first time. The author earlier wrote a biographer of his great successor, Carlo Fea, also published by Quasar.


List of illustrations. Foreword. Introduction. 1. Ficoroni: a life. 2. Antiquarian Rome in Ficoroni's lifetime. 3. Ficoroni the topographer. 4. Ficoroni the excavator. 5. Ficoroni the archaeologist. 6. Ficoroni the collector. 7. Ficoroni and the antiquities trade. 8. Ficoroni's generosisty. 9. Ficoroni the epigrapher. 10. Ficoroni the numismatist. 11. Ficoroni the author. 12. Ficoroni's Italian circle. 13. Ficoroni the cicerone and his European circle. 14. Ficoroni's honours. 15. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index of names and subjects.