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Roma - Matthaus Merian


Roma - Matthaus Merian

Rome. Beautiful and large copper engraving of 1640. Measurement of the engraved part 30.2 x 70 cm. Perspective view of the city of Rome, based on the previous and famous great view of Antonio Tempesta, here reduced and published in the "Itinerarium Italiae" by Martin Zeiller . The Tempesta engraved his vision in 1593. In fact, in this reduction, the Basilica of San Pietro is still the old Basilica and not the current one. In 1645 an updated version of the view of the Tempest was published. The print has the right margin restored, otherwise in good condition. Printed on laid paper without watermark. Engraved by Matthaus Merian the Elder (Basel, September 22, 1593 - Bad Schwalbach, June 19, 1650), he was a Swiss national engraver and draftsman who worked in Germany. A pupil of Dietrich Meyer in Zurich, where he learned engraving techniques. In 1616 he went to settle in Frankfurt am Main where he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry (1528-1598), whose daughter Maria Magdalena married the following year. Matthäus Merian died after long years of illness in 1650.

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