Amsterdam

001723
  • Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: 1650
  • Medium: Hand-Colored Copperplate Engraving
  • Condition: Good
  • Inches: 27 3/4 x 8
  • Centimeters: 71.15 x 20.51
  • Price: $3,500.00
Description:

Between 1642 and 1688, Matthäus Merian (1593-1650) and sons published Martin Zeiller’s Topographia Germaniae, with more than 2,000 plates etched and engraved by himself and his sons Matthäus and Caspar. The work shows in great detail more than 2,000 views of remarkable cities, monasteries and castles, it is still regarded as one of the most important works of geographical illustration.

An active battle scene in the foreground sets the stage before the many docks in the bay. You can see many different flags indicating their purpose; whether merchant, civilian, or even military. Surrounding the city walls are various wind mills. Merian has indicated key buildings throughout the city.
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