Design Statement for the Royal Palace of Caserta to their Holy Royal Majesties Carlo, King of the Two Sicilies and of Jerusalem. Infante of Spain, Duke of Parma and of Piacenza, Great Hereditary Prince of Tuscany and of Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony


Luigi Vanvitelli (1700–73) was an Italian architect and engineer, the son of Flemish-born painter Caspar van Wittel. Vanvitelli trained in Rome under the architect Niccolo Salvi, and designed churches and other structures in Rome, and in Ancona, in east-central Italy. He received a commission in 1751 to build a new royal palace at Caserta, just north of Naples for Charles VII, the Bourbon king of Naples and Sicily. Construction of this magnificent building began in 1752. It was one of the largest buildings erected in Europe in the 18th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dichiarazione dei disegni del Reale Palazzo di Caserta (Design statement for the Royal Palace of Caserta) contains Vanvitelli’s designs for the palace, engraved by Carlo Nolli, Nicola Orazi, and Rocco Pozzi. The engravings are all signed by Vanvitelli. The vignette of Vanvitelli on the frontispiece is by Pozzi; the two headings are by Filippo Morghen and Pozzi. The paper used to produce the book was furnished by Giuseppe Vettori di Camerino, paper manufacturer in Pioraco, near Ancona.

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Regia Stamperia, Naples


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Dichiarazione dei disegni del Reale Palazzo di Caserta alle Sacre Reali Maesta di Carlo Re delle Due Sicilie e di Gerus. Infante di Spagna Duca di Parma e di Piacenza gran prencipe ereditario di Toscana e di Maria Amalia di Sassonia Regina

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Printed book in large format with engravings of 14 plates, 2 headings, one vignette and initial letters historiated; illustrated; fol. 65.3 x 46.5 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015