Giuseppe Zocchi, Scelta di XXIV Vedute delle Principali Contrade, Piazze, Chiese, e Palazzi della Citta di Firenze. Florence: G. Allegrini, 1744.
Giuseppe Zocchi was an eigthteenth-century Italian painter and etcher, known for his history, genre, and landscape subjects. In a period when view-painting both echoed and broadened the popularity of the Grand Tour, with Guardi and Canaletto celebrating Venice and Piranesi capturing the splendors of Rome, Zocchi applied his artistry to picturing the beauty of Florence and Tuscany. He was commissioned by the Gerini family to record all of Florence's greatest scenes and landmarks, and those of Tuscany, and these drawings were translated as copper etchings by Zocchi and others and published in two works, the views of Florence shown here and another compilation featuring Tuscan villages.
Gift: Susan Dwight Bliss.