Petition from and Privilege granted to Antonio Tempesta for a map of Rome (1593)

Source: Vatican Secret Archives, Sec. Brev. Reg. 208 F. 74

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Petition from and Privilege granted to Antonio Tempesta for a map of Rome

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Petition from and Privilege granted to painter Antonio Tempesta for his monumental map of Rome. The Petition is particularly noteworthy for the variety of justifications it offers for the grant of the privilege, especially justifications rooted in authorship and incentive rationales. The record includes two versions of the handwritten privilege.

1 Commentary:

  • Giovanni Baglione, Le vite de' pittori, scultori, architetti, ed intagliatori, dal pontificato di Gregorio XIII. del 1572. fino a' tempi di papa Urbano Ottavo. nel 1642 314-16 (Rome 1642)

  • Stefano Borsi, Roma di Sisto V: La pianta di Antonio Tempesta, 1593 (Rome: Officina, 1986)

  • Jane C. Ginsburg, The 1593 Antonio Tempesta Map of Rome, in Dan Hunter and Claudy Op Den Kamp, eds., A History of IP in 50 Objects (Cambridge University Press 2019), available at

  • Jane C. Ginsburg, Proto-property in Literary and Artistic Works: Sixteenth-Century Papal Printing Privileges, 36 Colum. J. L. & the Arts 345 (2013) available at

  • Eckhardt Leuschner, “Prolegomena to a Study of Antonio Tempesta’s ‘Map of Rome,’” in Piante di Roma dal Rinascimento ai catasti, ed. Mario Bevilacqua and Marcello Fagiolo (Rome: Artemide, 2012)

  • Eckhard Leuschner, The Papal Printing Privilege, Print Quarterly XV (1998), 359, 370

  • Jessica Maier, Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City (U Chicago Press 2015)

  • Christopher Witcombe, Copyright in the Renaissance: Prints and the Privilegio in Sixteenth-Century Venice and Rome (Leiden, Brill 2004) p. 242 & n. 24

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1593: Petition from and Privilege granted to Antonio Tempesta for a map of Rome

Author: Antonio Tempesta, Marcello Vestrio Barbiani

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1593

Location: N/A

Language: Latin

Source: Vatican Secret Archives, Sec. Brev. Reg. 208 F. 74

Persons referred to:
Barbiani, Marcello Vestrio
Giustiani, Benedetto
Tempesta, Antonio

Places referred to:
Catholic Christendom

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Apostolic Treasury
“Superiori” (Papal censors)



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Jane C. Ginsburg

For assistance in translating and transcribing the Latin documents on the Vatican documents section, Jane Ginsburg wishes to acknowledge her Columbia Law School Research Assistants, listed in alphabetical order, with year of graduation. Assistants whose names appear in bold finalized the preparation of the documents.

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