1624 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE Arch of Portugal Rome Italy - Architecture - copper engraving
Domitian Arch, now the Arch of Portugal. While there is information about the Arch of Portugal in Rome, it is not usually connected to Domitian. It was a single archway with columns on either side and connected two buildings. It was called the Arch of Portugal because on the eastern side of the arch was the residence of the Portuguese ambassador. The arch may have served as an approach to the area of the Temple of the Sun. Dating this arch is difficult because it seemed to utilize reliefs and panels from earlier monuments.
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.