Domenico Cunego

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Domenico Cunego (1724/25 – 8 January 1803) was an Italian printmaker.

Cunego was born at Verona. Having studied under the otherwise-unknown painter Francesco Ferrari, he began his artistic career as a painter, producing several works, all of which are now lost or untraceable. At age 18, however, he switched to engraving (a field in which he was possibly self-taught). He died in Rome.

The engravings he made depicting Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, published in Gavin Hamilton's Schola Italica Picturae (1773), were an important source for the artists of his time.[1] He is notable not only for reproducing paintings by his famous fellow-countrymen like Guido Reni and Italian contemporaries such as Antonio Balestra, Francesco Solimena, and Felice Boscaratti, but also works by British artists in Italy catering to Grand Tourists. The latter included Gavin Hamilton's cycle of 6 works on the Iliad and David Allan's Origin of Portraiture.

His sons Luigi (b. 1750) and Giuseppe (b. 1760) were also engravers.[2]


Engraving of the admiralty building in Whitehall, London. Building is shown before alterations by Robert Adam.
  • Illustrations for the 3-volume catalogue of Giacomo Muselli's coin collection, in collaboration with Dionigi Valesi (1752, 1756, 1760). Internet Archive
  • Views of Verona after drawings by T. Majeroni (1750s)
  • St Thomas of Villanova (1757), after a painting by Antonio Balestra (a frequent source for Cunego)
  • Some of the engravings for Ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia. by Robert Adam, 1764


  1. ^ Tomory, Peter (1972). The life and art of Henry Fuseli. Praeger. p. 111
  2. ^ Bryan 1903, p. 361