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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M25792.1-20
People
Matthäus Küsel, German (Augsburg 1629 - 1681 Augsburg)
After Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini, Italian (1636-1707)
Title
Album Containing Twenty Etchings of Scenes from the Opera "Il pomo d'oro"
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Il Pomo d'Oro
Classification
Prints
Work Type
album
Date
1667
Culture
German
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
cover: 18.8 x 26 cm (7 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: album spine, brown ink, handwritten, Italian: "BURNACINI / SCENE / V.E XXXV. 20" [the 'E' and '20' of the call number are raised above the line]
  • inscription: inside front cover, brown ink, handwritten, Italian: "(1621-1702) / Matteo Küssel [underscored] - d' Augusta - fratello di Melchiorre un celebre incisore - / Il Matteo [underscored] fu intagliatore celebratissimo (n. nel 1621 - m. 1702 a Vienna) - / particolarmente a bulino. Fu nella corte Cesarea e Bavarica auteporte[?] / a molti altri excellenti professori. Intaglio' da Lodovico Burancini [underscored] / ingegnere di S.M.C alquante scene teatrali con recitanti e comparse - / - Gori Gandellini - Notizie degli intagliatori -"
    Translation:
    Matteo Küsse of Augusta - brother of Melchiorre, a celebrated engraver. Matteo was a most celebrated engraver (born 1621 - died 1702 in Vienna) - / particularly [for his work] with the burin. He was at the court of Cesarea and Bavarica [?] / to many other outstanding teachers [or instructors]. He engraved [designs] by Lodovico Burancini / engineer of S.M.C [?] a good many theater scenes with actors and supernumeraries - / - Gori Gandellini - Notizie degli intagliatori -" [This last line indicates that the preceding information is from Gandellini's late-18th-century book "Notizie storiche degli intagliatori".]
  • inscription: first page of album, brown ink, handwritten, Italian: "Il Pomo d'Oro [all underscored] / Festa teatrale / musicale [underscored] / rappresentata in Vienna per la nascita del' Arciduca Ferdinando - / di / Francesco Sbarra [underscored] / (con tavole disegnate da Lod. Burnacini / ed incise da M. Küsel - ) - / [horizontal line] / - Vienna d'Austria, Cosmerovio [?], 1667 . - molto raro - / (V. nel Cat. Burnacini Lod. [underscored] - scene [?] )"
    Translation: The Golden Apple / Theatrical festival / [a] musical / performed in Vienna for the birth of the Archduke Ferdinand - / by / Francesco Sbarra / (with plates designed by Lod[ovico]. Burnacini / and engraved by M. Küsel - ) - / [horizontal line] / - Vienna of Austria, Cosmerovio [presumably for Matteo Cosmerovio, printer to the court], 1667 . - very rare - / (see in the cat[alogue] Burnacini Lod[ovivo] - scenes [?] )
  • watermark: first endpage (with handwritten title); left side, one-third down from top edge, paper: Viewed from the recto: 'CB' in script letters above a horizontal stylized tree branch with symmetric leaf patterns, all balanced on a concave mount or fulcrum
  • watermark: second endpage; upper left corner, paper: Viewed from the verso: the letter 'A' centered above the letters 'H' and 'F' ; each letter with rounded serifs or other decorative flourishes
  • watermark: second endpage, near the center of the page, paper: Viewed from the verso: a robust, stylized bird facing right, perhaps holding a leaved branch in its claws
  • watermark: penultimate endpage, near the center, paper: Viewed from the recto: three six-pointed stars (one above two) encircled by a wavy line. This mark is similar to Heawood 3884 (within a circle, three six-pointed stars [two above one], with the initials 'C C'), attributed to Rome, 1646.
  • inscription: penultimate endpage, beginning at top left corner, brown ink, handwritten, Italian: "10 marzo 1766 [year underscored] impegnato da via cesseo [?] [illegible; a seller's price code?]"
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Anne (Nancy) M. and Paul S. Morgan in honor of James Cuno
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
M25792.1-20
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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