1612 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE - Temple of Jupiter, Rome, Italy - engraving - Architecture
Depicted in the image is the Temple of Jupiter. Though little is left of this structure, it was well known in the middle ages. Before it could be built, a massive leveling project was undertaken. It was during this time that the skull was found that gave the name to the Capitoline Hill and was also thought to be an omen of Rome's sovereignty. Much of the extensive foundation work is evident today. It was originally dedicated in 509 BCE, the beginning of the Roman republic. The temple was decorated with terra cotta sculptures. The temple was rebuilt several times, though destruction started in 5th century AD with vandalism. In the 16th century, the Caffarelli built their palace on the ruins.
The verso of this leaf contains text in three languages, with the page title in Italian: Dei Tempio di Giove Capitolino.
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
RARE EDITION WITH DESCRIPTIVE TEXT TO VERSO
Minor age toning to margins. Excellent impression.