C1646

Roma .

Large and impressive c.17th panorama of Rome by Matthaus Merian (1593-1650), ‘portraying the Baroque Splendor of the Eternal City’ based on the oil painting by the Florentine artist, Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630).  Tempesta’s panoramic view of Rome shows the city from the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Roma .

Date:

C1646

Engraver:

Matthaus Merian 
(1593 – 
1650)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

705mm 
x 305mm

Paper Size: 

740mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Roma . - Antique View from 1646

Genuine antique
dated:

1646

Description:

Large and impressive c.17th panorama of Rome by Matthaus Merian (1593-1650), ‘portraying the Baroque Splendor of the Eternal City’ based on the oil painting by the Florentine artist, Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). 

Tempesta’s panoramic view of Rome shows the city from the vantage point on the Janiculum Hill, at the western side of city. He defines the city’s perimeter by his exaggeration of the Aurelian Walls, giving the view its distinctive appearance. The view amazingly depicts almost every Roman Palazzo, church, piazza, fountain and footpath as they were at the time.

From Vander Aa, Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica.

References:
: Fauser 11928.

Collections:
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: Identifier : ark:/12148/btv1b53165403x

Antonio Tempesta (1555 - 1630)

Tempesta also known as il Tempestino was an Italian painter and engraver, whose art acted as a point of connection between Baroque Rome and the culture of Antwerp. Much of his work depicts panoramic views, major battles and historical figures. He is now best known as a printmaker.

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Matthaus Merian (1593 - 1650)

Matthaus Merian (1593-1650) was a Swiss publisher and engraver born in Basel who in 1615 moved to Germany where he worked for Johan Theodor de Bry. In 1617, Merian married Maria Magdalena de Bry, daughter of the publisher, and for a time associated with the de Bry publishing house. In 1620 they moved back to Basel, but three years later returned to Frankfurt. They had four daughters and three sons, including Matthäus Merian the Younger. Maria Magdalena de Bry died in 1645 and the following year Matthäus married Johanna Catharina Hein. Five years later, Matthäus died, leaving his wife with two small children, Anna Maria Sibylla Merian (born 1647) who later became a pioneering naturalist and illustrator. In 1623 Merian took over the publishing house of his father-in-law after de Bry's death. In 1626 he became a citizen of Frankfurt and could therefore work as an independent publisher. He spent most of his working life in Frankfurt.

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