1612 G. Laurus 1st ISSUE Arch of Gratian, Theodosius... Rome, Italy - engraving - Architecture
The Arch of Gratian. The Arch of Gratian, Theodosius, and Valentinian was erected between 379-383 AD. Its purpose was to mark the pilgrimage road from St. Peter's to St. Paul's. The arch is no longer standing, but it is thought that it was built into the bell tower of the medieval church of San Celso. The arch finally collapsed in the time of Pope Urban V.
On the verso of the leaf is text in three languages with page title in Italian: Tempio Della Dea Vesta.
Lauro, Giacomo ( Jacobus Laurus )
Antiquae Urbis Splendor, Hoc Est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa Amphitheatra Theatra Circi Naumachiae Arcus Triumphales Mausolea .
Romae, Apresso Vitale Mascardi, Roma, 1612-1622.
FROM THE VERY SCARCE FIRST ISSUE ISSUED IN PARTS UNTIL 1622. CORRESPONDINGLY THE ENGRAVING ARE PARTICULARLY CRISP AND WELL DEFINED. In this, and only this, issue there is not text to the verso of the engravings
FINE ENGRAVING from one of the most influential and beautiful works on the monuments and antiquities of ancient Rome. The Antiquae urbis splendor, ('The Splendor of the Ancient City') served as an important reference book and source of inspiration for many writers and artists. Giacomo Lauro was a roman printmaker active from 1583 to about 1650. Leaf: 30 x 22 cm