The Architectural Alphabet of Antonio Basoli
Antonio Basoli (Castel Guelfo, 1774–1848) was an Italian painter, interior designer, scenic designer, and engraver, active mostly in Bologna.Among his exhibitions at the Academy of Bologna were a collections of Romantic canvases with exotic themes
. For example, in 1842, he exhibited a series of 16 oil paintings più affascinanti e immaginifici
(very fascinating and imaginative), depicting: the four Colossi of Memnon in Egypt; the port of Rhodes (likely including the colossus); Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon (likely including hanging gardens), the famous Equestrian Statue of Domitian in Rome (destroyed in antiquity during his damnatio memorie).Paintings depicted four parts of the globe: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America; and five famous ancient temples
: including Osiris and Isis in Egypt, Foo temple in China, Zeus in Olympia, Diana in Ephesus. They also depicted a city of Pegù, now Burma, an Arab Tomb, the great hall of Charlemagne, and the magic palace of the sorceress Alcina.
Typical of his designs, merging art and erudition, he later created 26 vignette compositions, depicting an archeologic alphabet in form of watercolors, called his Alfabeto pittorico
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