1616 G. Laurus - 1st ISSUE - The Villa d'Este, Gardens, Tivoli Italy
The Villa d'Este is a villa in Tivoli, near Rome. Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este was born in 1509. He spent many years at the French court. In 1539 he was made a cardinal by Pope Paul III. Pope Julius III appointed him governor of Tivoli and he moved from France to Tivoli, to the east of Rome. Finding the accommodations in the governor’s residence, part of a Franciscan monastery, not to his liking, he built a palace and gardens in portions of the monastery. There were many fountains both inside the palace and in the gardens. The garden, terraced onto a steep hillside, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance in the history of garden design. 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.