• Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: 1650
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 8" x 13"
  • Centimeters: 20.51 x 33.33
  • Price: $895.00

GENVA, Italy.

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.

A view of Genoa from the sea is dominated on the left by La Lanterna, the ancient lighthouse of the busy harbor. A lighthouse has stood on this site since the 12th century. The present design of the structure dates from renovation of a war-damaged tower in 1543. In the foreground of the engraving various ocean-going ships are carefully depicted.
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