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Description: Beatrizet - The Colosseum


Nicolas Beatrizet (1507 - 1573)

Engraver from Lorraine. Active in Rome c.1540-65, where he probably died. First engravings published by Salamanca and Barlacchi. From 1547-1560 he produced plates for Lafreri, and 1552-53 for Tramezzini. By 1558 he was publishing his own plates. Variety of subject matter: portraits, copies of earlier prints, figural prints after modern masters such as Michelangelo and Muziano, architectural, devotional, antiquities, maps. Many of these plates subsequently came into the hands of Lafreri and others.


Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi (1627 - 1691)

Italian printer and publisher active in 17th century Rome. Giovanni inherited the important Rome based printing business originally founded by his father, Giuseppe de Rossi (1570-1639), in 1633. It was hard work and dedication, from 1633 to 1691 that ultimately pushed the firm to the heights of its success. By the mid 17th century the Rossi firm was considered the most active and important press in Rome.

Theatrum sive Coliseum Romanum

The exterior of the Colosseum in Rome, a reconstruction with a quarter omitted allowing the interior to be seen.
This fantastic view of one of the most important Roman remains in Rome was first engraved by Beatrizet somewhere after 1563. This image was so intense that it was used by other engravers who based their work directly or from a distance on this design. The print was used in the work 'Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae' The print that is listed here is not the version by Beatrizet but one very close to it, and done by an unknown engraver probably towards the end of the 16th century. It bears the publishers address of Rossi that was added in a later period then the dating of the print itself.

The print has some thumbing and small water staining in the margins and the original vertical middle fold. Otherwise fine.
Format and quality of the design make this a very attractive, impressive print.
Additional Information
SKU xxag28
Picture Size 37 x 54 cm
Specification Print
technic Etching
Artist Nicolas Beatrizet
period 16th Century
School Italian
subject Architectural
rating ***
Technique: - In case of difference between prices in US$ and Euro the US$ price prevails.
  • Number: 1780058 (xxag28)
  • Dealer: Henk Vanwalleghem Oldmasterprint Belgium

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