LUIGI RATINI (Trento 1880 - 1934) AENEID, BOOK II
Frontispiece (1925); plate I, The wooden horse-Laocoonte (1926); plate II, Cassandra (1927); plate III, Priam's death (1928); plate IV, The burning of Troy - Pallas (1928); plate V, The apparition of Creusa, (1927); plate VI, Escape of Aeneas (1929).
The complete set of six photogravures and frontispiece, printed in sepia ink, by Calcografia Cavadini, Verona. Each sheet 36 x 28,5 cm., to the plate ca. 19,5x18,5 cm. Each sheet signed in pen 'LRatini'.
In the twenties Ratini has been a sensitive interpreter of the legends of the Greek and Roman world, working on the illustrations of the Iliad and the Aeneid. Ratini started working on Aeneid in 1925; 72 plates were planned, to be ended for the Virgilian celebrations in 1930. Due to health and economical reasons Ratini stopped working at the twenty-ninth. Many of the original drawings by Ratini for the project are known; several of them are at the MART, Rovereto. Another one, in private collection and not for sale, is exhibited here on my web site.