• Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: 1650
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 10 1/2" x 31 1/2"
  • Centimeters: 26.92 x 80.77
  • Price: Sold

ROMA, Frankfurt.

A dramatic bird's eye view of Rome, looking to the east. Points of interest on this carefully engraved and highly detailed view include the Vatican, at lower left, the Roman Colosseum and Forum, in the upper right quadrant, and the dome of the Pantheon mid-way between. The Tiber River flows from left to right on its way to the sea.

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.
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