Cabinet de del Pozzo, Cassiano (cavaliere)

Témoignage de John Evelyn (1644) et citation dans Huguetan (1681)

21st Novem­ber. I was car­ried to see a great vir­tuo­so, Cava­lié­ro Poz­zo, who sho­wed us a rare col­lec­tion of all kind of anti­qui­ties, and a choice libra­ry, over which are the effi­gies of most of our late men of polite lite­ra­ture. He had a great col­lec­tion of the antique bas­so-relie­vos about Rome, which this curious man had cau­sed to be desi­gned in seve­ral folios : many fine medals ; the stone which Pli­ny calls Enhy­dros ; it had plain­ly in it the quan­ti­ty of half a spoon­fuf of water, of a yel­low pebble colour, of the bigness of a wal­nut. A stone paler than an ame­thyst, which yet he affir­med to be the true car­buncle, and har­der than a dia­mond ; it was set in a ring, without foil, or any­thing at the bot­tom, so as it was trans­pa­rent, of a gree­nish yel­low, more lus­trous, than a dia­mond. He had very pret­ty things pain­ted on crim­son vel­vet, desi­gned in black, and sha­ded and heigh­te­ned with white, set in frames ; also a num­ber of choice desi­gns and dra­wings.

(The dia­ry of John Eve­lyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, Lon­don-New York, 1905, Tome I, p.128–129.)


Cabi­net cité dans Hugue­tan (1681) :
Ce cabi­net est men­tion­né par Spon dans la liste annexée au Voyage d’Italie… d’Huguetan (Lyon, 1681), pour la ville de Rome :
"Le Cabi­net de des­seins d’antiquité et de medailles du Che­va­lier del Poz­zo, qui a aus­si de beaux tableaux et entr’autres les sept Sacre­mens du Pous­sain." (p. 286)