Antonio Amorini Bolognini (after Giuseppe Castagnoli)
(Bologna 1767-1845 Bologna)
Deposito eretto a S. E. il fu Senatore Conte Alessandro Pepoli nella Chiesa di S. Trinita di Firenze in una delle Cappelle Laterali.
Sheet: 500 x 370 mm; Image: 450 x 320 mm; Pen, brown ink and grey wash on paper; signed and dated: Ant. Amorini dis. 1818
Antonio Amorini was a Bolognese historian, archeologist and art critic. He was a friend of Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1534). The French invasion, with its different urban changes, destruction and desecration of churches and chapels, stimulated him to a systematic work of conservation, salvage or at least of description of the works destined to destruction. In this context, he possibly created the present sheet after a very rare engraving by Francesco Rainaldi (1770-1805) and Giuseppe Castagnoli (1754-1832) which we were able to locate in only one copy in the Museo Correr, Venice. The drawing depicts the funeral monument to Alessandro Pepoli (1757-1796), which was located in a side chapel of the Santa Trinita church in Florence. Pepoli was an Italian librettist and author of tragedies. In 1795 he published a summary translation of John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost.
Bibliography: A. Wandruszka – Il Marchese Antonio Bolognini Amorini. (in: Roversi, 1994, pp.127-129); Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Vol. XI. Rome, 1969. (pp.355-356); V. Davia – Amorini Bolognini (in: E.v.Tipaldo – Biographie degli italiani illustri. Vol X. Venezia, 1845. pp.346-359)