Obeliscus Flaminus (Rome, Italy)

Joan Blaeu (1596-1673)

Published by The Hague, Rutgert Christophle Alberts, 1724
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Joan Blaeu (1596-1673) Illustrated plate from Nourveau Theatre d’Italie, our Dexcription Exacte de ses Villes, Palais, Eglises, Principaux Edifices, etc. (New Theater of Italy, or Description of its Towns, Palaces, Churches, Principal Buildings, etc.) The Hague, Rutgert Christophle Alberts: 1724 Hand-colored copperplate engraving Plate size: 28” x 24 1/2” Arguably the most celebrated mapmaker and draftsman of the 17th century, Joan Blaeu was responsible for the splendid 11-volume Atlas Maior, published in Amsterdam in 1662. The Atlas Maior was such a symbol of status that it became the traditional state gift presented by the Dutch government, its prestige derived mainly from the remarkable standards of production involved. After the completion of the atlas, Blaeu turned his attention and considerable drawing talents to an equally sumptuous publication, this time devoted to views of Italian cities and monuments. For quality of draftsmanship, evgraving, beauty of ornament, typography and quality of paper, these images have never been equaled, with the possible exception of Piranesi’s views of Rome. Each is depicted with extreme technical precision, with great esthetic conern for composition. The engravings from Blaeu’s Theatre d’Italie illustrate the highest standard of accuracy and beauty, bearing witness to the excellent craftsmanship of engraver, printer and papermaker in Northern Europe during the Baroque era. Bookseller Inventory # drk102c

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Title: Obeliscus Flaminus (Rome, Italy)

Publisher: The Hague, Rutgert Christophle Alberts

Publication Date: 1724

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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