1624 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE Arch of Janus Quadrifrons Roma Italy engraving - Architecture
This massive Arch of Janus Quadrifrons at the Velabrum marks the northeastern border of the Forum Boarium, the cattle market of ancient Rome. It was constructed from bricks with white marble cladding. The building was probably erected by the emperor Constantine I the Great (306-337) and was also called Arcus Constantini. This image depicts the arch as it might have originally appeared with statuary in the niches and the roof in tact.
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.