The Ptolemaeus of Lienhart Holle

On the evening of July 16, 1482, the sun still shone, when Lienhart Holle smiled in his typography in Ulm. The printing of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia was finished. After all it hadn’t been long since he had learned to engrave woodcut dies for decorating textiles or for making playing cards. Nor since he had observed live…

Gods and Heroes on the slopes of Vesuvius

In 1766 (or probably in 1776, despite the date on the title page), the “Antiquités etrusques, grecques et romaines, tirées du cabinet de Hamilton, envoyé extraordinaire de S.M. Britannique en cour de Naples” were published in Naples. (Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman, antiquities from the cabinet of the Hon. W. Hamilton, his Britannick Maiesty’s…

Travel to the tombs of the Pharaohs

In 1828 a group of archaeologists and painters, seven French and seven Italian, left for Egypt, to discover its mysterious history. At the head of these were respectively François Champollion, the most famous Egyptologist of all time, who saw the dream of a lifetime thus crowned, and Ippolito Rosellini from Pisa. Pupil and teacher, friends,…