Nicola Pio as a collector of drawings
By Per Bjurström. Published by the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome. Distributed by Astrom Editions.
Nicola Pio, who was born c. 1677 and can be traced until 1733, was a connoisseur and collector living in Rome. His primary interest was in prints and he formed a collection, the main part of which is still preserved in the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe at Farnesina in Rome. His interest then turned to drawings and he wrote a work on 225 painters, sculptors and architects (1724), to which he added portraits of all the artists treated, as well as a collection of drawings by them. One hundred and sixty portraits have survived, most of them in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. Another 70 drawings from his collection have been identified. The present book presents an account of Pio’s activity as a collector and a catalogue of known portraits and drawings from his collection.
Literature quoted in abbreviated form
The print collection
Drawings in the Louvre
Index of artists
Per Bjurström, Nicola Pio as a collector of drawings (Suecoromana. Studia artis historiae instituti romani regni Sueciae, 2), Stockholm 1995. ISSN: 1102-7940. ISBN: 978-91-7042-151-8. Hardcover: 292 pages.