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Speculum Romanae - Marcus Aurelius

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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae - Marcus Aurelius

The equestrian monument of Marcus Aurelius seen in profile after Michelangelo's restoration

Published by Nicolas van Aelst
Print made byAnonymous.

1591-1613 (ca.)

Lettered across top of image 'Visitur Romae in Capitolio'. Caption lettered in a cartouche to left 'Paulus III Pont Max Statuam.../ aream capitolinam transtulit atq dicavit an sal M.D.XXXVIII'. Dedication to Cardinal Odoardo Farnese lettered in cartouche at the right, followed by publication detail 'Nicolaus van Aelst Bruxellensis ded.

Reference: Huelsen 1921 undescribed


 In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besançon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These images were calculated to appeal to the taste for classical antiquity that fueled the cultural event we call the Renaissance. After Lafreri published a title page in the mid-1570s, collections of these prints came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." Tourists and other collectors who bought prints from Lafreri made their own selections and had them individually bound. Over time, Lafreri's title page served as starting point for large and eclectic compilations, expanded and rearranged by generations of collectors.

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SKU xag49
Picture Size 47,50 cm x 34 cm
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Anonymous 16th century
period 16th Century
School Italian
subject Nudes and Statues
rating ****


Nicolas van Aelst (1550s - 1613)
Engraver, printer, print dealer and print publisher, from Brussels, working in Rome.
The most probable date for his birth was in the 1550s and the earliest print that we have seen with his address is dated 1585. Described in 1606 as "stampore, istoriano e vendedor di disegni" alla Pace (Bertolotti). He acquired plates previously published by among others Facchetti, Orlandi, Salamanca and Gherardi (who had them from Lafreri, via Claudio Duchetti). He specialized in prints of the monuments of the ancient and modern Rome and of ceremonies and currents events. Published prints by Tempesta, Brambilla and Alberti among others. On the 13th of December of 1588 he was granted the papal privilege for prints of Roman monuments built or altered by Sixtus His will which includes a list of plates was drawn up on 12 June 1612. Record of death 19 July 1613. He had a shop at S. Maria della Pace, opposite San Biagio

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