Timeless Wonder - Painting on Stone in Rome between Cinquecento and Ceicento

Painting on Stone - Publisher Officina Libraria - 304 pages - Text in English - Published in 2022

During the 16th and 17th century, the discussion on the durability of artworks had become part of the debate on comparison of the arts, opposing the merits of sculpture to those of painting.

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Model 9788833672045
Artist Painting on Stone
Author Francesca Cappelletti, Patrizia Cavazzini
Publisher Officina Libraria
Number of pages 304
Language English
Dimensions 280 x 240
Technique(s) 224 illustrations
Published 2022
Museum Galleria Borghese, Rome

Exhibition Catalogue A Timeless Wonder. Painting on Stone in Rome in the Cinquecento and Seicento, presented at Galleria Borghese, Rome (from 25 October 2022 to 29 January 2023). 

The sculptors used coloured marbles and painters paint on stone (slate, lapis lazuli, paesina stone, etc.), while metals and precious woods contribute to the creation of extraordinary objects, such as small altars, cabinets, and clocks, with complex architectural shapes and adorned with sculptures, reliefs and paintings.

Painting on stone was particulary popular in Rome: the technique, developed by Sebastiano del Piombo, was used to paint large altarpieces but also for smaller works, avidly collected by contemporary patrons, among whom Scipione Borghese stands out.

The painting exploited the natural features of the stones for backgrounds, buildings, skies and the result were amazing objects appreciated for their preciousness.


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