Leonardo Agostini

Leonardo Agostini

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Leonardo Agostini (1593–1669) was an Italian antiquary of the 17th century, born at Grosseto, near Siena.. He is Leonardo Avgvstino Senesi in the Latin translation of his major work, Gemmae Sculpturae Antiquae Depictae (Amsterdam 1685).

He was employed for some time as antiquario to Cardinal Francesco Barberini to collect works of art for the recently constructed Palazzo Barberini. His letters to the Barberini family during their period of disgrace and exile (1646–1650) are mined by art historians for information on the archaeological activity of the time. Appointed by Pope Alexander VII superintendent of antiquities in the Papal States, he directed in Rome the excavations of the Forum and of thermae near the church of San Lorenzo in Panisperna. in 1649 he issued a new edition of Filippo Paruta's Sicilian Medals,Della Sicilia di Filippo Paruta descritta, con medaglie. Parte Prima (Palermo, 1612); Agostini's title: La Sicilia di Filippo Paruta descritta con Medaglie, con la giunta di Lionardo<!--Lionardo in original--> Agostini (Rome, 1649); Agostini reprinted Paruta's engraved plates, with 400 additions; the text never appeared (Alexander Chalmers, The General Biographical Dictionary, s.v. "Agostini (Lionardo)"<!--Lionardo in original-->. with engravings of 400 additional specimens. In conjunction with Giovanni Bellori (1615–1696) he also published a work on antique engraved gems, Gemme antiche...
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