18th Century Manetti Hand Painted Bird Print
An black and white etching print of a puffin ("Alca Indiana") by the artist Saverio Manetti. This print is from one of the largest surveys of ornithology attempted in the 18th Century, from the grand book project called "Storia Naturale degli Uccelli". This rare book with hand made painted prints that ran in an edition of 600, and were published in Florence. The plates for the book were made Lorenzo Lorenzi and Violante Vanni; Lorenzi and the Vanni were the artists, engravers and water-colorists for the work while Manetti was responsible for hand-writing the cursive text on the nomenclature of species. All birds were carefully examined and drawn from life in Gerini's aviaries, an affluent Florentine Marquis. Manetti was born in Brozzi in 1723 and was a well known physician, artist, and naturalist. He died in Florence in 1784. This is an amazingly rare hand painted print in great condition. It is conserved in a frame that is 22 x 17.5 inches; the print is 13.5 x 10.5 inches.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 22 in | WIDTH: 17½ in
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