- Author: Antoine Desgodetz
- Date: 1779
- Medium: Copperplate engraving
- Condition: Excellent
- Inches: 8 1/2" x 13 1/8"
- Centimeters: 21.79 x 33.65
- Price: Sold
From Les edifices antiques de Rome dessinés et mesurés tres exactement (The Ancient Buildings of Rome Very Accurately Measured and Drawn), Antoine Desgodetz. Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1682 (1828), Paris. Draftsman: A. Desgodetz ; Engraver: Sébastien Leclerc (1637–1714).
Antoine Desgodetz (1653-1728) was a trained French architect. He was sent to Rome in the mid 1670s by the French Académie d’Architecture to take reliable measurements of the principal surviving buildings of Ancient Rome, and returned to Paris in 1677 with the first really accurate drawings of Rome’s temples, theatres, baths and triumphal arches. The publication in 1682 of Les edifices antiques de Rome, in which the engraved plates carefully reproduce Desgodetz’s original drawings, was a landmark in the provision of exact measured illustrations of famous buildings of the past.
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