Italy, Rome. - "Giuochi Equestri in Campo Marzio"
Rome. - "Giuochi Equestri in Campo Marzio"
Mezzotinta and copper etching in warm sepia color.
There is no credit for artist, nor name of publisher. We have checked the internet up and down, also the publicized inventory of the British Library, usually a sure source of knowledge. But we could not find a single hint for this beautiful print. So we have to stay vague - unless a reader of this can help. Any hint is very welcome.
The print had been trimmed to its plate marks, then mounted on underlaying 18th century paper. The title (see above) was cut out and mounted in the center and below the print onto the support paper. Traces of age and use on print and on support paper.
The artist, rendering a fine idea of reconstruction, gives us a feeling for the noble classical architecture on the Campo Marzio during the Roman Empire. Equestrial games belonged to the "bread and circuses" policy to keep The Roman people happy. Here we see man to man fights on horseback as well as lance throwing at targets, while a cheering crowd watches the goings on.
42 x 52 cm (ca. 16.5 x 20.5")