Finding aid for the Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt collection of maps of Rome, circa 1550-1883

Finding aid prepared by Brian Parshall


Descriptive Summary

Title: Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt collection of maps of Rome
Date (inclusive): circa 1550-1883
Number: P850002
Creator/Collector: Pecci Blunt, Anna Laetitia, 1885-1971
Physical Description: 42 maps
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
Abstract: The collection consists of 42 printed maps of the city of Rome, dating circa 1550 to 1883, from the library of collector, gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt.
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Language: Collection material is in Italian

Biographical/Historical Note

Anna Laetitia ("Mimì") Pecci-Blunt was born on 15 March 1885. Her father, Count Camillo Pecci was head of the Guardia nobile pontificia and a nephew to Pope Leo XIII (Vicenzo Gioacchino Pecci), and her mother, Silvia Bueno y Garzon was a Spanish noblewoman from Cuba. After passing the years of World War I in Switzerland, Anna Laetitia Pecci settled in Paris and soon immersed herself in artistic and intellectual circles, becoming friends with Georges Braque and Jean Cocteau. She was introduced to the wealthy and cultured American banker, Cécil Blunt, son of the collector Ferdinand Blumenthal. The marriage between the two was celebrated in 1919 with the benediction of Pope Benedict XV, who gave Cécil Blunt the title of Count Pecci-Blunt. The couple took up residence in Paris where they opened their home to writers, poets, artists and musicians including Salvador Dalì, Cocteau, Paul Valéry, Francis Poulenc and Paul Claudel. The Pecci-Blunts had five children: Dino, Laetitia, Viviana, Camilla and Graziella.
In 1929, the Pecci-Blunts decided to spend part of each year in Rome and they purchased, near the Campodiglio and the Piazza Venezia, the palazzo in Piazza Aracoeli 3 designed by Giacomo della Porta. As in Paris, this residence became a cultural hub, reflecting Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt's desire to foster exchange between Italian and foreign artists, musicians and intellectuals. During this period Pecci-Blunt began to acquire prints, published works, drawings and paintings thematically focused upon the city of Rome. Many of these materials were purchased in Rome, however she also acquired art during her frequent trips to Paris. Pecci-Blunt's collection included views, plans, maps of Rome and depictions of the inhabitants of the city in popular costume. As intense urban development under Mussolini transformed Rome in the 1930's, interest in the city's past grew among certain circles in Rome. The collection came to be known as "Roma Sparita" because of its nostalgic focus on the Rome of a bygone era.
In addition to her collecting activities, Pecci-Blunt's patronage of the arts blossomed during this period. She began hosting an annual series of spring concerts at her palazzo and invited musicians such as Darius Milhaud, Arthur Rubinstein, Poulenc, George Auric, Igor Stravinsky and Nathan Milstein to perform. By 1934 plans were laid to open an art gallery. The Galleria della Cometa opened in April 1935 under the direction of Libero de Libero and featured contemporary artists including AFRO (Afro Basaldella), MIRKO (Mirko Basaldella), Corrado Cagli, Giorgio de Chirico, Guglielmo Janni and Gino Severini, among others. In 1937 a New York branch called The Cometa Art Gallery was opened. Both galleries were named after Pecci-Blunt's family coat of arms, a comet. She had adopted the symbol from her relative, Pope Leo XIII.
For a brief period, both galleries were in operation until mounting political tensions forced the closure of the gallery in Rome in 1938. Anna Laetitia and Cécil Pecci-Blunt spent the years of World War II in New York, before returning to Italy in 1947. Upon her return, Pecci-Blunt resumed her cultural and artistic activities, and in 1948, the first meeting of the Associazione Amici dei Musei di Roma was held in her palazzo. Shortly after, she expressed her desire to donate her collection of drawings, watercolors and other paintings to the Museo di Roma. Over the next twenty-odd years, she continued to support artistic endeavors in all forms, holding concerts, building and operating a theater (Teatro di Cometa), and serving in an advisory capacity to the museums of Rome. She was honored for her artistic patronage and philanthropy in 1960 with a Medaglia d'oro per l'arte e la cultura and in 1964, for her encouragement of cross-cultural interchange, with a Légion d'honneur from the French government.
During her years of activity with the Amici dei Musei di Roma, she provided funds for acquisitions and discouraged purchases that would duplicate items in her own collection. Upon her death in 1971, she donated her collection of drawings, watercolors, and paintings to the Museo di Roma, while her collection of prints and published works were sold and dispersed.

Administrative Information

Access

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Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt collection of maps of Rome, circa 1550-1883, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. P850002.
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifap850002

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired in 1985 as part of the library of Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt, which was sold in 1972 after her death, along with her printed maps of Rome. The prints were integrated with the Getty Research Institute's Special Collections and divided into two collections: maps of Rome, Accession no. P850002, and views of Rome, Accession no. P850003.

Processing History

The finding aid and the processing of the collection was completed in June 1997 by Brian Parshall; revisions of the finding aid were made in September 2012.

Related Archival Materials

The collection is complemented by a collection of 97 prints of views of Rome, also held by The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. P850002, and by other holdings from Pecci-Blunt's library. Search the Getty Research Institute's library catalog using the phrase "Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt" for the Research Institute's holdings from the Pecci-Blunt library.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt collection of maps of Rome comprises 42 printed maps of Rome, dating from the mid-16th to the late 19th centuries, with captions identifying sites. The majority of the maps were printed in Rome (29), although several were printed in other Italian cities: four from Venice, and one each from Siena and Bologna. The remainder are German (4), French (2), and Dutch (1) in origin. Included are examples by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) and Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630).

Arrangement note

Arrangement is by chronological order.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Maps -- Private collections
Pecci Blunt, Anna Laetitia, 1885-1971 -- Art collections

Subjects - Places

Rome (Italy) -- Maps

Genres and Forms of Material

Maps -- Italy -- 19th century
Maps -- Italy -- 16th century
Maps -- Italy -- 18th century
Maps -- Italy -- 17th century

Contributors

Pecci Blunt, Anna Laetitia, 1885-1971
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778
Tempesta, Antonio, 1555-1630

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Bibliographic Note: Amato Pietro Frutaz. Le piante di Roma (Roma: Istituto di Studi Romani, 1962); Camillo Scaccia Scarafoni. Le piante di Roma possedute dalla Biblioteca dell'Istituto [di archeologia e storia dell'arte] e dalle altre biblioteche governative della città (Roma: Libreria dello Stata, 1939); Christian Hülsen. Saggio di bibliografia ragionata delle piante iconografiche e prospettiche di Roma dal 1551 al 1748 (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 1933).
Citations from Frutaz and Hülsen have been verified. Scarafoni citations have been verified only so far as they are reflected in Frutaz, notations in the inventory indicate when the citation in Scarafoni was not verified.

Container List

box 1*, item 1

Roma, [Venice? : B. Zaltieri?, 1569?]

Roma: approximately 1569

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d01
box 2*, item 2

Recens rursus post omnes omnium description[um] vrb[is] Romae topographia ... / N[icolas] B[eatrizet]

Recens rursus post omnes omnium description[um] vrb[is] Romae topographia ... / N[icolas] B[eatrizet]: 1557

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d02

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Plan of Rome showing fortifications added by Pope Paul IV, known as "Pianta della Guerra di Napoli."
box 1*, item 3

Roma, [later 16th century?]

Roma: approximately 1550-1599

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d03
box 1*, item 4

Roma, [later 16th century?]

Roma: approximately 1550-1599

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d04
box 1*, item 5

Roma, In Venetia : Alla libraria del segno de S. Marco in merzaria D.B., [after 1550]

Roma: after 1550

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d05
flatfile 6**

[Rome] / Leon Pitor, MDLXVIII [1568].

[Rome] / Leon Pitor: 1568

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d06
oversize 7**

Du Pérac, Etienne, -1604, cartographer. Specimen, seu, Perfecta urbis antiquae imago. [Rome] : Impensa Antonij Lafrerij, anno MDLXXIII [1573]

Specimen, seu, Perfecta urbis antiquae imago: 1573

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d07
box 2*, item 8

Panvinio, Onofrio, 1529-1568, cartographer. Anteiquae urbis imago, 1580.

Anteiquae urbis imago : accuratissime ex uetusteis mo[n]umenteis, et heis quae supersunt reliquieis et parietineis delineata: 1580

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d08
box 2*, item 9

Brambilla, Ambrogio, active approximately 1579-1599. Antiquae urbis perfecta imago accuratissime delineate ..., MDLXXXII [1582].

Antiquae urbis perfecta imago accuratissime delineata : iuxta antiqua vestigia / Ambrosius Brambilla pictor in hanc formam reduxit, et aeneis typis incidit: 1582

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d09
box 2*, item 10

Brambilla, Ambrogio, active approximately 1579-1599. Vrbis Romae descriptio, [ca. 1600?]

Vrbis Romae descriptio / Ambrosius Brambilla fecit anno D. 1582: approximately 1600

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d10
box 1*, item 11

Roma. In Padoua : Per Mattio Cadorin, [16--]

Roma: 17th century

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d11
oversize 12**

Brambilla, Ambrogio, active approximately 1579-1599, cartographer, etcher. Novissima urbis Romae descriptio MDLXXXXVII. [Rome] : Nicolai uan Aelst for[mis] Rom[a]e, [1597]

Novissima urbis Romae descriptio MDLXXXXVII: 1597

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d12
box 1*, item 13

Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598, etcher, publisher. Nouissima vrbis Romae descriptio a[nn]o M.D.L.XXXXVII, [Frankfurt am Main : Bry, 1597?]

Nouissima vrbis Romae descriptio a[nn]o M.D.L.XXXXVII / T.D.B: approximately 1597

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d13
box 1*, item 14

Roma. [Padua] : Franco. Bertelli for[mis], [16--]

Roma: 17th century

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d14
box 2*, item 15

Nouissima vrbis Romae descriptio. [Sienna ] : Matheo Florimj formis, [159-?]

Nouissima vrbis Romae descriptio: 1590s

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d15
box 1*, item 16

Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598, etcher. Antiquae vrbis perfecta imago, [Frankfurt am Main : Bry, 1597]

Antiquae vrbis perfecta imago / Theodor. de Bry: 1597

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d16
box 2*, item 17

Antiquae urbis perfecta et noua delineatio. [Rome? : publisher not identified, approximately 1600]

Antiquae urbis perfecta et noua delineatio: approximately 1600

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d17
box 2*, item 18

Schiaminossi, Raffaello, approximately 1570-approximately 1620, etcher. Nouissima urbis Romae descriptio. Romae : Apud Carolus Vaccarius Romanus, 1612.

Nouissima urbis Romae descriptio: 1612

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d18
box 2*, item 19

Schayck, Govert van, cartographer. Roma antiqua. [Rome : G. van Schayck, between 1620 and 1635]

Roma antiqua: 1620-1635

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d19
oversize 20**

Roma, [Frankfurt am Main, M. Merian, 16--]

Roma: 17th century

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d20

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Tempesta, Antonio, 1555-1630, cartographer, designer; Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650, etcher, publisher.
box 4*, item 21a-h

Du Pérac, Etienne, -1604, designer, engraver. Vrbis Romae sciographia ex antiquis monumentis accuratiss[ime] delineata. [Rome] : Cura et tipis Io[annis] Iacobi de Rubeis in Romae ad templ[um] S[anc]tae M[ari]ae. de Pace, [between 1649 and 1691]

Vrbis Romae sciographia ex antiquis monumentis accuratiss[ime] delineata: approximately 1649-1691

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d21
box 2*, item 22

Vrbis Romae nouissima delineatio MDCL. [Rome] : Io. Iacobus de Rubeis excudebat Romae ad Pacem, 1650.

Vrbis Romae nouissima delineatio MDCL: 1650

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d22
box 2*, item 23

Maggi, Giovanni, 1566-1618, cartographer. Descriptio vrbis Romae nouissima A.D. MDCL. [Rome] : Gio. Batta. de Rossi milanese in Piazza Nauona, [1650]

Descriptio vrbis Romae nouissima A.D. MDCL: 1650

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d23
oversize 24**

Lauro, Giacomo, active 17th century, cartographer, engraver. Roma antiqua triumphatrix ab antiquis monumentis et rerum gestarum memoriis eruta. [Rome] : Io[annes] Iacobus de Rubeis formis Romae ad Templu[m] Pacis, [16--]

Roma antiqua triumphatrix ab antiquis monumentis et rerum gestarum memoriis eruta / hic a J. Lauro Romano, auctore et sculptore, graphice expressa: 17th century

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d24
oversize 25**

Cruyl, Lieven de, approximately 1640-1720, cartographer. Plan de la ville de Rome ... Se vend a Paris : Chez Hubert Iaillot au bout du Pont neuf proche les Augustins aux deux globes, 1668.

Plan de la ville de Rome, comme elle est apresent soubs le règne du pape Clement IX: 1668

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d25
oversize 26**

Agnelli, Federico, 1626-1702, cartographer, engraver. Roma. In Bologna : Nella stamperia del Longhi, [166-?]

Roma: 1660s

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d26
oversize 27**

Schnitzer, Lucas, active 17th century, etcher. Abbildung de[r] vortrefflichen und Weltberühmten Statt Rom. [Nuremberg] : Paul Fürst ex., [166-?]

Abbildung de[r] vortrefflichen und Weltberühmten Statt Rom / SL fec: 1660

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d27
box 1*, item 28

Ridolfi, Pietro, cartographer. Roma, [Venice : Coronelli, 1689]

Roma / intagliata e dedicata da Pietro Ridolfi nell'Accademia Cosmogra[fi]ca degli Argonauti all'eccllentissimo sig[nor]e Antonio Rosa: 1689

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d28
oversize 29**

La Feuille, Jacques de, 1668-, etcher, publisher. Novissima et accuratissima delineatio Romae veteris et novae, Amstelodami : Ex officina Iocobi de la Feuille, [169-?]

Novissima et accuratissima delineatio Romae veteris et novae / auctore Iacobo de la Feuille: 1690s

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d29
oversize 30I-VI**

Cingolani, Giovanni Battista, cartographer. Topografia geometrica dell' Agro romano, ouero, La misura, pianta, e quantita di tutte le tenute e casali della campagna di Roma ... [Rome] : Si stampano in Piazza Nauona da Fulvio Paluzzi romano, l'anno MDCLXXXXII [1692, i.e. between 1692 and 1704]

Topografia geometrica dell' Agro romano, ouero, La misura, pianta, e quantita di tutte le tenute e casali della campagna di Roma : con le citta, terre e castelli confinanti ad esse tenute : le strade, fiumi, fossi, aquedotti et altre cose principali e memorabili, si antiche come moderne / misurate e delineate con tutta esattezza da Gio. Battista Cingolani dalla Pergola Romano ; intagliata da Pietro Paolo Girelli Romano: approximately 1692-1704

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d30
oversize 31**

Barbey, Antonio, active 1684-1714, etcher. Nuoua pianta della città di Roma ... [Rome] : Data in luce da Domenico de Rossi, erede di Gio. Giaccomo de Rossi, dalle sue stampe in Roma alla Pace, l'anno 1697. il di 25. Maggio.

Nuoua pianta della città di Roma : coll'indice de tempij, palazzi et altre fabriche antiche e moderne, e diuisa nelli suoi XIIII rioni / Ant. Barbey sculp: 1697 May 25

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d31
oversize 32**

Fer, Nicolas de, 1646-1720, cartographer, publisher. Roma : plan nouveau de la ville de Rome. A Paris : Chez le Sr. de Fer dans l'Isle du palais sur le quay de l'orloge a la sphere royale, 1713.

Roma : plan nouveau de la ville de Rome / par N. de Fer: 1713

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d32
oversize 34**

Vrbis Romae ichnographia / à Leonardo Bufalino ligneis formis evulgata atque aeri incisa à Ioh. Baptista Nolli, geometra et architecto Sum[m]i Pontificis Benedicti XIV. [Nuremberg] : Recusa prostat in Offic[ina] Homan[niana], 1755.

Vrbis Romae ichnographia / à Leonardo Bufalino ligneis formis evulgata atque aeri incisa à Ioh. Baptista Nolli, geometra et architecto Sum[m]i Pontificis Benedicti XIV: 1755

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d34
box 3*, folder 35a-i

Rossi, Matteo Gregorio de, 1638-1702, designer, engraver. Nuoua pianta di Roma presente ... [Rome] : Presso Carlo Losi, l'anno MDCCLXXIII [1773].

Nuoua pianta di Roma presente : con i disegni e nomi delle chiese, palazzi, edificii, piazze, strade, fortificationi et altre cose aggiunte / disegnata et intagliata da Matteo Gregorio de Rossi romano ; appresso al' auttore et rinnovata: 1773

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d35
oversize 36**

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778, designer, etcher, publisher. Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo. [Rome : G.B. Piranesi, approximately 1774]

Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo: approximately 1774

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d36
oversize 37**

Benedetti, Ignazio, 1725-, etcher. Nuova pianta topografica della cittá de Roma ... Roma : Presso Venanzio Monaldini in PIazza di Spagna no. 6, [177-?]

Nuova pianta topografica della cittá de Roma : cavata da quella del Nolli e aumentata: 1770s

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d37
oversize 38**

Brun, Giovanni, 1754-, etcher. Roma, [Rome] : Si trova nella calcografia Vasi, in via del Babbuino no. 122, [approximately 1780]

Roma / Giovanni Brun sc[ul]ps[it]: approximately 1780

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d38
box 1*, folder 39

Vasi, Giuseppe, 1710-1782, cartographer, etcher, publisher. Nuova pianta di Roma in prospettiva ... [Rome] : Si vende dal medesimo autore per paoli otto, [1781]

Nuova pianta di Roma in prospettiva / dedicata a Sua Eccellenza il principe D. Abondio Rezzonico senatore di Roma, dall' ... servitore il cav. Giuseppe Vasi, l'anno 1781: 1781

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d39
oversize 40**

Pianta di Roma come si trova al presente ... [Rome] : Presso Carlo Losi, l'anno 1784.

Pianta di Roma come si trova al presente : colle alzate delle fabriche più nobili così antiche come moderne: 1784

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d40
oversize 41**

Roma antiqua triumphatrix ex vetustis monumentis expressa. Romae : Apud Marianum Vasi, 1792.

Roma antiqua triumphatrix ex vetustis monumentis expressa: 1792

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d41
box 1*, item 42a-l

Ligorio, Pirro, approximately 1513-1583. Anteiquae vrbis imago accuratissime ex vetusteis monumenteis formata. [Rome] : Presso Giovanni Scudellari, [1820-1830]

Anteiquae vrbis imago accuratissime ex vetusteis monumenteis formata: 1820-1830

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d42
oversize 43I-XVI**

Spinetti, Antonio, cartographer, designer. Pianta topografica di Roma ..., [1883 or later]

Pianta topografica di Roma : col piano regolatore approvato nell' anno 1883 / disegnata ed incisa in rame per cura dall' architetto Antonio Spinetti romano: after 1883

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d43