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3.14 Annotated documentation of tombstones and reliefs

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The next volume in Tolomei’s program is the first to document non-architectural material sources necessary for learning more about the buildings themselves and for understanding their religious, historical, political, economic, and technical contexts:

E allargandosi piu oltre a molte parti congiunte con l’Architettura, si farà una opera de pili, ritraendo in un libbro tutti i pili che sono in Roma, o intorno a Roma, o interi, o spezzati che siano, e appresso di ciascun pilo vi si faranno simil mente due isposizioni; l’una via d’historia dichiarando che Favola, o historia vi sia scolpita, e a che proposito, e quel che significhi la tal figura, o la tale [Tolomei 1547, 83r].

And adding more parts related to architecture, a work on reliefs will be made, depicting in a book all the reliefs that are found in or around Rome, be their complete or broken, and besides every one in a similar way [like in book 13] two declarations will be given: one about the history or story explaining the myth depicted or the historical episode shown, and to which purpose, and what that depictions means.

Such a book documenting and explaining reliefs from tombstones and memorial stones obviously would be helpful for understanding not only Roman architecture but also classical authors and texts.

In 1986 it was suggested that the so-called Codex Coburgensis could represent the preparatory material for this book: [Daly Davis 1989] and [Coburg (1986)] — a suggestion that has since been confirmed.4 It might also reliably be extended to the Berlin Codex Pighianus as well because of its many parallels with the Coburgensis, along with drawings of Roman coins and statues from the workshop of Jacopo Strada, on which more will be said below.