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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Filippo Morghen, Italian, 1730–after 1807
After: Antonio Joli, Italian, 1700–1777

Dedication Page, from Antichità di Pesto (Antiquities of Paestum)

1765

Etching

sight in frame (plate): 27.9 × 38.5 cm (11 × 15 3/16 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.30.2
The artist and printmaker Filippo Morghen and the painter Antonio Joli both worked in Naples, at that time under the enlightened rule of the Bourbon kings Charles II and Ferdinand VII. Morghen made prints for the published volumes of the antiquities of Herculaneum, and he rendered the images of Paestum made by Joli in the 1760s into a small portfolio of prints. This was dedicated to Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron of Baltimore—an unsavory character who was reputed to have kept a harem in Istanbul and who had no interest in Maryland except to enjoy the revenues it provided. In keeping with its didactic intent, the Joli–Morghen publication included a lengthy explanation of the images.
Geography: 
Made in Italy
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Italian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.