Il Palazzo Branconio dell’Aquila

In the last years of his life, Raphael designed a palace for his friend Giovanbattista Branconio dell’Aquila, a papal advisor, goldsmith, and the personal keeper to Hanno, the white elephant brought to Rome in 1514. The palace was located in the Borgo, the district between Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican.

Around 1660, the palace was demolished together with the adjoining block, named Isola del Priorato after the nearby Priory of the Knights of Malta, to create the Piazza Rusticucci. Not much remains, an engraving from not long before the demolition and this sketch by Giovanni Battista Naldini.

Reconstruction of the polychrome finish of a Greek temple of the Doric order. It might be the Parthenon in Athens (compare Leo von Klenze’s reconstruction). Chromolithography published 1883 in the series Kunsthistorische Bilderbogen by E. A. Seemann in Leipzig, cropped (see it with original text).

Three architectural designs by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau

THESE three architectural designs by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau (1510–84), each drawn with chalk and ink on a vellum sheet of about 64×42 cm, were auctioned at Christie’s on July 4, 2006. They fetched between $55,000 and $70,000 each.