Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork. Ugo Fleres.
Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork.
Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork.
Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork.
Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork.
(Cellini, Giuseppe)

Calendario dell' Anno 1899, together with original artwork.

Cellini, Giuseppe (illus.)

Rome: Società Editrice Dante Alighieri, 1898. Oblong octavo. (60)pp. One of 200 copies. Illustrated with seventeen chromolithographed plates, which accompany a series of musical arrangements by Salvatore Saya, with lyrics by the Italian poet Ugo Fleres. Together with twenty-one of Giuseppe Cellini’s original watercolor and ink drawings for Calendario dell’Anno, 1899, of which three were not used, and one is a duplicate. Each measures about 9 1/2 by 8 3/4 inches; the panels for the months of the year have, in almost all cases, placeholder text handwritten by the artist that was replaced by type in the final version. Cellini is perhaps best known for the frescoes that decorate the Galleria Sciarra in Rome, which blend influences of English Pre-Raphaelitism with the artistic traditions of the Italian Renaissance. These lovely, intricate calendar illustrations also clearly demonstrate the sway that the Renaissance aesthetic had on the Arts and Crafts movement, with elaborate floral and foliate designs, initials decorated with interlacing, and symbols for each sign of the zodiac, all in regal shades of red, blue, green, and gold. In the design for April, daisies bloom and birds perch amidst the interlace of branches that adorn the letter “A.” Printed Calendario bound in stab-sewn printed stiff card wrappers, which show wear and tears to the spine and the top of the front cover where it meets the spine. Drawings mounted to heavy paper backings, which show some wear to edges and have holes through top corners where they were once affixed to a surface. Item #21771

Price: $12,500.00

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