Record number 06/2399
TitleRecueil D'Estampes D'Apres Les Plus Celebres Tableaux De La Galerie Royale De Dresde. I. (II.) Volume. Contenant Cinquante Pieces Avec Une Description De Chaque Tableau En François Et En Italien.
ImprintImprimé a Dresde: M. DCC. LIII. (- M. DCC. LVII.)
Physical Description2 vols.; 760 mm.
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [4], xxvii, [1] p., frontis. (port.), [1], 50 pl. (Plate 31 carries no number; pl. 8 is misnumbered '7'. Plates 14-16, 21 are dble.) - Vol. II: xxxiii, [1]p., frontis. (port.), [1], 50 pl. (Pl. 45 consists of 2 prints, numbered 45a, b. Plates 9, 11, 18 are dble.)
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Frontis., t.p., unnumbered pl. (plan)] - Avertissement / Avvertimento - [Text] - Liste ... / Nota ... ; [colophon] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Frontis., t.p.] - Avvertisement / Avvertimento - [Text, with unnumbered pl. (elevation)] - Liste ... / Nota ...; [colophon] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe publication-date of Volume I is given as 1753 by the title page and plates 4, 6, 22; some plates carry the date 1752 (pl. 16, 31, 37, 45, 48, 50), and the frontispiece carries the date of 1750. The publication-date of Volume II is given as 1757 by the title page; but some plates carry the dates of 1752, 1754, 1755, 1756, and the frontispiece carries the date of 1750.

The work describes the rich collection of paintings brought together by Augustus III. By the time of his father, Augustus 'the Strong', Electors of Saxony had bought pictures by Cranach, Dürer, Tintoretto, Titian, Rubens and others; to which Augustus III added works by Correggio, Titian, Veronese, Velázquez, Rubens and Holbein, and in 1754 Raphael's Sistine Madonna. The gallery made to house the collection (shown here in the two unnumbered plates) struck Goethe with a feeling 'akin to the sensation one has on entering a church', and its educational value was stressed by Winckelmann ('In the interest of promoting good taste the greatest treasures ... have been place here for all the world to view') and by Heinecken (who declares in the text that the gallery made it possible 'to learn under one roof ... things that otherwise must be sought in a great many books'). Throughout its history the Gallery was viewed as a most important partner of the Dresden Academy.

The numbered plates show paintings (in Volume I) by Correggio (4), Parmegianino, Niccolo dell'Abbate, Andrea del Sarto (2), Giulio Romano, Titian (4), Veronese (3), Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Ann. Carracci (4), Guido (3), Vanni, Feti, Ribera 'Espagnolet' (5), Calabrese (3), Luca Giordano (6), Carlino Dolci (3), Carlo Maratti (2), Carlo Cignani, Giambattista Langhetti, Rubens (3); (in Volume II) by carreggio (2), Parmigianino (2), Leonardo da Vinci, G. Bellini, Dosso da Ferrara, Titian, Veronese (2), Tintoretto, Gius. Porta, Giac. da Ponte Bassano, Franc. Bassano, Aless. Turchi, Seb. Ricci, Franc. Francia, Camillo Procaccini, Ann. Carracci, Guido Reni, Franc. Albano, Guercino (2), Giovanni Lanfranco, Aless. Tiarini, Simone Cantarini da Pesaro, Ipp. Scarsellino Ferrarese, Caravaggio, D. Feti (2), Gian Benedetto Castiglione (2), Bart. Biscaino, J. Ribera, And. Vaccaro, L. Giordano (4), Franc. Solimena, Paolo Pagani, Jan Holbein, P.P. Rubens (3), Rembrandt (2), Van Dyck, Nicolas Berghem.

The numbered plates are preceded in Volume I by an unnumbered plate showing a plan of the gallery, and a frontispiece portrait of Augustus III, King of Poland, Elector of Saxony; in Volume II by an unnumbered plate showing two elevations of the gallery, and a frontispiece portrait of Marie Josephe, Queen of Poland, Electress of Saxony. In-text illustrations consist of two title-page vignettes, two headpiece and decorated initials.
Responsibility NoteAccording to H. Marx in Masterpieces from Dresden [exhibition catalogue] (2003) the author of the text was Carl Heinrich von Heineken.

The frontispiece portraits are signed - Volume I as painted by Hiacinthe Rigaud and engraved by J.J. Balechou, Volume II as painted by Louis de Silvestre and engraved by J. Daullé. The unnumbered plates (plan in Volume I, elevation in Volume II) are unsigned. The numbered plates are signed by draughtsman and engraver - draughtsmen Charles Hut(t)in, Joan. Bapt. Internari, Francesco Gandini, Math. Oesterreich, Stef. Torelli, Marcello Bacciarelli(n), J.B. Bacciarelli, Fre. Bacciarelli née Richter, P. Hutin, Ant. Kern, J. Camerata, C.F. Boëce (vol. I. pl. 34 and vol. II. pl. 30, 41, 50 are unsigned by a draughtsman), and engravers Etienne Fessard, Nicolas Dauphin de Beauvais, Philippe André Kilian, Jean Daullé, Noël Le Mire, Jacob Folkema, Pierre Etienne Moitte (or Moëtte), Louis Surugue (père), Jean Jacques Flipart, François Basan, Jean Martin Preisler, Giuseppe Camarata, Michel Keyl, Nicolas Dupuis, J. Tardieu (described in the Liste as Nicolas Tardieu), Pierre Louis Surugue (fils), Simon Fokke, Marc Pitteri, Pietro Campana, Charles.Louis Wüst, Giuseppe Canale Romano with Jacques Beauvarlet (or Bovarlet), Joseph Wagner, Pierre Tanjé, Pierre Aveline, Claude Duflos, Claude Donat Jardinier, Lorenzo Zucchi, Chrêtien Frederic Boëce, Jean Christophe Teucher, Michel Auber, Louis Jacob, Jacques Houbraken, Pierre Chenu, J. Punt, Louis Lempereur, Antoine Radigues, Dominique Sornique, Gaillard, Francesco Zucchi, Jean Elie Ridinger, Jacques Aliamet.

The two title-page vignettes are signed as drawn by Ch. Eisen and engraved by Noel Le Mire; other in-text decorations are unsigned.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Imprimé À Dresde, Chez Chrêtien Henri Hagenmüller'.
SubjectPaintings, European - History
Collections - Galleries - Museums - Germany - Saxony - Dresden - 18th century
Catalogues - Germany - 18th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 18th century
Name as Subject Giordano, Luca, 1634 - 1705
Ribera, Jusepe de, 1590 - 1652
Augustus III, Elector of Saxony, King of Poland, 1696 - 1763
Gemäldegalerie (Dresden)
ReferencesMasterpieces from Dresden, ed. D. Breuer [Royal Academy exhibition catalogue] (2003); H. Marx, 'The Dresden Gemäldegalerie as "école publique" in the eighteenth century', in Dresden in the age of splendour and enlightenment, ed. ed. H. Marx and G.J.M. Weber [exhibition catalogue] (1999); G. Heres, Dresdener Kunstsammlungen im 18. Jahrhundert (1991); The splendor of Dresden: five centuries of art collecting [exhibition catalogue] (1978).
Binding Note18th-century quarter green paper, marbled-papered boards, upper cover of Vol. I inscribed in ink, 'Dresden Gallery For Mrs. H. Hoare 2 vols', upper covers of both volumes carrying white paper labels inscribed in ink, 'Dresden Gallery Vol. 1st. 1753 (2. 1757)'; spines inscribed in ink, 'Galerie de Dresde 1 (2)'.
ProvenanceThe title-page of Volume I is inscribed in pencil, 'Bequest from Prince Hoare Esqr. Decr. 2 1835 GJ'.
Contributors Hagenmüller, Chretien Henri, fl. ca. 1753 - 1754?, printer
Hoare, Prince, 1755 - 1834, previous owner, donor
Giordano, Luca, 1634 - 1705, source artist
Ribera, Jusepe de, 1590 - 1652, source artist
Heinecken, Karl-Heinrich von, 1707 - 1791
Gemäldegalerie (Dresden)
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