Book Series The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series A: Antiquities and Architecture, vol. 5

The Antichità Diverse Album

Elena Vaiani

  • Pages: 536 p.
  • Size:210 x 275 mm
  • Illustrations:261 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-1-905375-75-2
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"This handsome edition, only one album within the many folios, volumes and other works on paper within Cassiano’s enterprise, is an immense undertaking of impeccable scholarship and, I surmise, many years in the making.(...) Cassiano dal Pozzo’s extraordinary endeavour to encapsulate the knowledge of his time is intriguing on many levels. The publication of the Antichità Diverse album is a crowning achievement, but it is by no means the last word." (Gillian Darley, in: Apollo, September 2017)

“One can only hope that the book under review will become a model for the volumes still to be published in the same series..” (Ingo Herklotz, in Burlington Magazine, 160, June 2018, p. 516)


Elena Vaiani is a research fellow in the history of archaeology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. Her research interests are concerned with the relationships between the history of art, collections, antiquarian studies and the visual arts in the early modern period, with particular reference to small objects (such as coins, gems and domestic utensils).

Amanda Claridge was formerly Professor of Roman Archaeology at Royal Holloway, University of London, specialising in Roman art, topography and architecture, and with a particular interest in antiquarian studies of the early modern period.


Cassiano's Antichita Diverse album, here published for the first time in its entirety, is essentially the Paper Museum in embryo. The modest title ('Various Antiquities') hardly does justice to the range of material represented, for almost every category of portable antiquity to be found in the cabinets of Rome is illustrated: gems, coins, gaming pieces, vessels and tableware of all kinds, oil lamps, weights and measures, keys, weapons, military equipment, rings, musical instruments, burial urns, altars and tripods, figurines, statues and reliefs, in every possible material from terracotta and bone to tin, lead, bronze, silver, gold, marble and semi-precious stones. The 500 or so studies, on 108 sheets, date mainly from the early 1620s, and were produced probably with the (unrealised) intention that they would be reproduced as a series of prints to serve the antiquarian interests of the pan-European 'Republic of Letters'.



The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, Francis Haskell and Henrietta McBurney

Summary of known dal Pozzo drawings

Royal Library 'Inventory A' of c.1810

Series A: Antiquities and Architecture, Amanda Claridge

The Antichità Diverse album, Amanda Claridge with Elena Vaiani

Notes for the reader

The Catalogue (1-176), Elena Vaiani with contributions by Amanda Claridge

Watermarks, Rea Alexandratos


A: Royal Library inventory numbers, catalogue numbers and other data

B: Epigraphic corpora numbers and the present catalogue

Appendix: Documents relating to the drawings

Biographical notes

Abbreviations and bibliography


Index of museums, libraries and other collections

Index of subjects, materials and iconography

General index

List of figures and photographic acknowledgements