A correspondent writes to tell us all about an item sold at Sothebys on 12 April 2016, in its sale of the “European Decorative Arts From Caramoor Center For Music And The Arts”. Lot 168 (online here) is “A pair of Italian leaves with scenes of Venus in her chariot and a sacrifice. 16/17th century.” The right hand leaf gives a panorama of Rome.
I’ve added a couple of bits of text to allow people to orient themselves.
At the top of the picture is Old St Peter’s basilica. The road leads down to the Castell Sant Angelo. The Colosseum and Pantheon are clearly visible. On the left are two triumphal arches, rather out of place, which I suspect are intended for the forum.
Other items will be familiar to those who read my post, Early 16th century maps of Rome and the Baths of Constantine. The two horses rearing are the Dioscuri, who still stand on the Quirinal hill, although today they face the Quirinal palace, rather than the city. The reclining figure behind it is the river god now in the Capitoline Museum, thought to have come from the Baths of Constantine.
To the left are two rotundas. These are mysterious, but as my other post showed, seem to have been in the area of the Baths of Constantine. To the left of them is a roofless building with a ruined vault at the end, which resembles some of the depictions of the Baths of Constantine in my post.
Every depiction is useful, so it is nice to have another!