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Aedes Barberinae ad Quirinalem...descriptæ

Author Girolamo Teti (Italian, 17th century), Engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert (Dutch, 1603–1684), Engraved by Camillo Cungi (Italian, active first half of 17th century), Engraved by Johann Friedrich Greuter (German (worked in Italy), 1590/93–1662), Engraved by Michel Natalis (Netherlandish, 1610–1668), After Guido Ubaldo Abbatini (Italian, about 1600–1656), After Carlo Antonio Sacchi (Italian, about 1616 to about 1706), After Andrea Camassei (Italian, 1602–1649), After Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini) (Italian (Roman), 1596–1669)

Place of Publication: Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet V, 765-66; Berlin 2662; Cicognara 3463; Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, 69


Overall: 36 x 25 x 3 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 32 full-page or folding engraved plates and numerous engraved vignettes

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Rome: Mascardi, 1642) Large quarto; 128 leaves, plus folding plates; modern gilt-stamped brown morocco (Joly).

Allegorical frontispiece, four portraits, view of palace, reproductive engravings of paintings and classical and contemporary sculpture, facsimiles of classical inscriptions, decorative vignettes

This deluxe guide to Rome’s Barberini palace includes accounts both of the marvelous objects in the family collection and descriptions of the building itself. The book was a giveaway for distinguished guests, and was meant to celebrate the family’s glory. Even the title is a congratulatory in-joke. In Latin, aedes can mean palace, but it also means “beehive.” The Barberinis’ family symbol was the bee; what better word to include in the title of a description of their palace?


Victor Masséna, Prince d'Essling (1836-1910); possibly his sale, Zurich, May 1939; Philip Hofer, Cambridge (1898-1984), by whom given to MFA,

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Hofer in honor of Henry P. Rossiter