Several variant spellings abound for the artist's name. Two volumes bound as one, with continuous pagination. Descrizzione delle imagini dipinte da Rafaelle d'Urbino....; La favola di Amore e Psiche dipinta da Rafaelle d'Urbino, Bellori, Giovanni Pietro (c.1636-1700), artista d'Urbino, G.G. Komarek, Rome 1695. Descrizione delle imagini dipinte nelle camere del Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano. di Gio. Pietro Bellori alla Santita di Nostro Signore Papa Innocenzo Duodecimo. Small folio size, 12.5 x 8.75 inches [31 x 22 cm]. Later three-quarter vellum, with red morocco title label on spine, and with red marbled paper hardboards. Covers have moderate rubbing and superficial edge wear. The vellum is impressively clean. The red morocco label reads "Bellori Stanze di Raffael [sic]" and is almost certainly from the original binding of 1695. Two small repaired tears to the title page. Significant foxing to the preliminaries. Hand laid paper. Note that the engraved frontispiece portrait of Raphael by Carlo Maratti is missing. Else very good internally and externally. Present are 4 engraved headpieces, 2 tailpieces and 4 historiated initials, engraved arms of Innocent X, the dedicatee, on title. Divisional title reads: La Favola di Amore, e Psiche Dipinta da Rafaelle, and with a dedication to Francesco Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza (p. 64 on verso) apparently tipped in between signatures H and I. Discusses the artist Raphael (1483-1520). The Vatican City Library has a virtually identical copy. With gratitude to Hugh Pagan for the following description of the text: "First edition of the Roman scholar G.P. Bellori's admirably thorough description of the famous series of paintings by Raphael in the papal apartments in the Vatican Palace. It also provides a full description of Raphael's paintings for the loggia of Psyche in the Villa Farnesina, and an interesting account of the restoration by G .F. Rossi, under the supervision of Carlo Maratta, of Annibale Caracci's cycle of frescoes in the gallery of the Palazzo Farnese. The last eight pages print the speech which Bellori delivered at the annual prize-giving ceremony of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome in 1677, celebrating the esteem in which artists such as Giotto, Gentile Bellini, Titian and Rubens were held by kings or popes." Cicognara 3369.
European art; Rafaelle; Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino ; Raphael, Mural Painting