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Francesco (Felice) Polanzani

Francesco (Felice) Polanzani (1700-1783) entered into an engraving apprenticeship in Venice under the tutelage of Giovanni Pitteri before settling in Rome in 1742. The following 20 years are regarded as Polanzani's most active professional years, with the majority of his engraving and etching output being modelled after paintings by the Masters (see, for instance, this web set at Thorvaldsens Musem in Denmark). While in Rome, Polanzani became a friend---and/or student---of the renowned architectural illustrator, Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Polanzani is perhaps best remembered for his eccentric portrayal of Piranesi.

La Penna da Scrivere (The Writing Pen) (1768, Rome) was designed by Felice Polanzani and published by P&G Samonati. This copybook consists of a title page and nineteen engraved plates featuring alphabets and writing samples reflecting contemporary business and letter styles.

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