Print Specifics: Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: 1833 Original artist - Engraver: Hoppner - Finden Publisher: John Murray, Albemarle Street, London Condition: 1 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair) Light age toning of paper. Darkening of paper along two edges. Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.5 inches (15,5 x 23,5 cm), including blank margins (borders) around the image. Paper weight (thickness): 2 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin) Reverse side: Blank Notes: 1. Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed. 2. Print detail is sharper than the photo of the print. 3. Color photo (not included) shows how it looks today. Original Narrative: Four years before his death, Petrarch retired to Arqui, where he is said to have built the house which is the subject of the present illustration. The identity of the edifice rests upon tradition, but the tradition is not of modern date. Of the scenery around Arqua, a description has been given in the notes to Childe Harold. Arqua (for the last syllable is accented in pronunciation) is twelve miles from Padua, and about three miles on the right of the high road to Rovigo, in the bosom of the Euganean hills. After a walk of twenty minutes across & flat, well-wooded meadow, you come to a little blue lake, clear but fathomless, and to the foot of a succession of acclivities and hills, clothed with vineyards and orchards, rich with fir and pomegranate- trees, and every sunny fruit shrub. From the banks of the lake, the road winds into the hills, and the church of Arquais soon seen between a cleft where two ridges slope towards each other, and mainly enclose the village. The houses are scattered at intervals on the steep sides of these summits, and that of the poet is on the edge of a little knoll overlooking two descents, and commanding a view, not only of the glowing gardens in the dales immediately beneath, but of the wide plains above, whose low woods of mulberry and willow, thickened into a dark mass by festoons of vines, tall single cypresses, and the spires of towns, are seen in the distance, which stretches to the mouths of the Po and the shores of the Adriatic. The climate of these volcanic hills is warmer, and the vintage begins a week sooner than in the plains of Padua. Petrarch is laid, for he cannot be said to be buried, in a sarcophagus of red marble, raised on four pilasters, on an elevated base, and preserved from an association with meaner tombs. It stands conspicuously alone, but will soon be overshadowed by four lately planted laurels. Petrarch's fountain, for here every, thing is Petrarch's, springs and expands itself beneath an artificial arch, a little below the church, and abounds plentifully, in the driest season, with that soft water which was the ancient wealth of the Euganean hills. Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy! Any print purchased from me may be returned for any (or no) reason for a full refund including all postage. Internet seller since 1998. Five-star service.
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SaleClic specifics for: ITALY Petrarch's House in Arqua - 1834 Antique Print Engraving Seller: martin2001 Reviews: 51938 Positive Feedback: 100.0% Location: Manassas, Virginia Ships to: Worldwide Item: 383103945545 Print Type: Engraving Original/Reproduction: Original Print Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.5" (15,5 x 23,5 cm) Style: Vintage Listed By: Martin2001 Printing Technique: Intaglio Medium: Paper Date of Creation: 1834 Features: Not-framed Subject: Landscape