Offered by Galerie Tarantino
Project of the ephemeral facade of the Trinity of the Mountains in Rome, on the occasion of the restoration of Louis XIV, April 11, 1687.
The restoration of the health of Louis XIV gave rise to many rejoicings in France, but also in Rome, as evidenced by this drawing. Commissioned by Cardinal d'Estrées, Duke and Peer of France, French Ambassador to Rome to the father of the Minimes, Simone Felice Delino, who designed the set, the literary and allegorical program was developed by Elpidio Benedetti. To keep in mind the ephemeral fireworks organized on this occasion, Cardinal d'Estrées had the event engraved on a folio. This type of engraving was highly esteemed at the time and, in most European courts,
They were classified in chronological volumes in order to attend remotely the most important events of the French court. The drawing is preparatory for the engraving executed by the Italian engraver Vincenzo Mariotti and it was published in Rome. The print bears the title "Public Celebrations for the Restoration of His Most Highly Christian Majesty Louis the Great". On the same occasion, a small book was published offering a detailed description of the event, Ragguaglio delle Sontuose Feste ..., Rome, Gio. Batt. Molo, 1687.
We add the rare engraving representing the whole party.
Comparative Bibliography: M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, Corpus delle feste a Roma / 1 - La festa barocca, Roma 1997, pp.532-534