Colonna Traiana

Reference: S40235
Author Antonio LAFRERI
Year: 1548
Measures: 298 x 475 mm
€600.00

Reference: S40235
Author Antonio LAFRERI
Year: 1548
Measures: 298 x 475 mm
€600.00

Description

Engraving, 1544, signed and dated at bottom right: "ANT LAFRERY SEQUANI FORMIS". Part of the "Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae".

Example of the first state of three, before the address of Paolo Graziani and, therefore, of Pietro de Nobili (both unknown to Hulsen).

In the base of the column we read: "S. P. Q. R. IMP. CAESARI DIVI NERVAE. F. NERVAE. TRAIAN AVG. GERMANIC. DACICO PONT. MAX. TRIB. POT. XVII. COS. VI. PP AD. DECLARNDVM. QVANTAE AL-TITV DINIS MONS ET LOCVS SITE GESTVS".

This is the edition of the Trajan Column following the one for the Salamanca types of 1540. The cochlide column occupies vertically the entire space of the plate, the image is inserted in an urban context. The print represents with sufficient precision the state of the ancient monument. Despite the apparent similarity between the engraving of the Lafréry and that of the Salamanca, in reality the scale of measurement, proportions and point of view are different. In fact, the engraving of the Lafréry is placed from a lower point of view reproducing a more grandiose effect of the base that appears larger, moreover there is a substantial diversity of the figurines below and the hatching of the sky differs greatly, and finally the scenes of the column are opposite to those represented by the Salamanca. (cf. Marigliani n. IV.11).

This print comes from the “Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae” (The Mirror of Roman Magnificence). The Speculum found its origin in the publishing endeavors of Antonio Salamanca and Antonio Lafreri. During their Roman publishing careers, the two foreign publishers - who worked together between 1553 and 1563 - initiated the production of prints recording art works, architecture and city views related to Antique and Modern Rome. The prints could be bought individually by tourists and collectors, but were also purchased in larger groups which were often bound together in an album. In 1573, Lafreri commissioned a title page for this purpose, which is where the title ‘Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae’ first appears. Lafreri envisioned an ideal arrangement of the prints in 7 different categories, but during his lifetime, never appears to have offered one standard, bound set of prints. Instead, clients composed their own selection from the corpus to be bound, or collected a group of prints over time. When Lafreri died, two-third of the existing copper plates went to the Duchetti family (Claudio and Stefano), while another third was distributed among several publishers. The Duchetti appear to have standardized production, offering a more or less uniform version of the Speculum to their clients. The popularity of the prints also inspired other publishers in Rome to make copies however, and to add new prints to the corpus.

In the Index Lafreri is described at number 140 as "Colonna di Traiano della parte di fuori, con la demostrazione della parte di dentro.."

Good proof, printed on contemporary laid paper, with margins on the sides and trimmed inside the copper in the upper and lower part, with partial loss of engraved part of about 2 mm. Overall good condition.

Literature

B. Rubach, Ant. Lafreri Formis Romae (2016), n. 287, I/II; A. Alberti, L’indice di Antonio Lafrery (2010), n. 54, I/III; Marigliani, Lo splendore di Roma nell’Arte incisoria del Cinquecento (2016), n. IV.11; C. Hülsen, 1921, p. 148, 30, F; R. Lanciani, 19

Antonio LAFRERI (Orgelet 1512 - Roma 1577)

An engraver, publisher and dealer in prints and books. He moved in Rome about 1544, and began a series of joint ventures with the older Roman publisher Antonio Salamanca that continued until the latter's death in 1562. Lafrery in best known for prints showing the architecture and sculpture of ancient Rome. He commissioned a title page Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, engraved by E. Duperac in 1573, to enable the buyer to compile his own collection from Lafrery's stock. Similarly realized collections of maps, different in the number and type of maps included with the title Geografia/Tavole moderne di geografia/de la maggior parte del mondo/di diversi autori/raccolte et messe secondo l’ordine/di Tolomeo/con i disegni di molte città et/fortezze di diverse provintie/stampate in rame con studio et diligenza/in Roma, known as Atlanti Lafrery. Besides the Speculum, Lafrery published two title pages for collections of religious subjects.

Literature

B. Rubach, Ant. Lafreri Formis Romae (2016), n. 287, I/II; A. Alberti, L’indice di Antonio Lafrery (2010), n. 54, I/III; Marigliani, Lo splendore di Roma nell’Arte incisoria del Cinquecento (2016), n. IV.11; C. Hülsen, 1921, p. 148, 30, F; R. Lanciani, 19

Antonio LAFRERI (Orgelet 1512 - Roma 1577)

An engraver, publisher and dealer in prints and books. He moved in Rome about 1544, and began a series of joint ventures with the older Roman publisher Antonio Salamanca that continued until the latter's death in 1562. Lafrery in best known for prints showing the architecture and sculpture of ancient Rome. He commissioned a title page Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, engraved by E. Duperac in 1573, to enable the buyer to compile his own collection from Lafrery's stock. Similarly realized collections of maps, different in the number and type of maps included with the title Geografia/Tavole moderne di geografia/de la maggior parte del mondo/di diversi autori/raccolte et messe secondo l’ordine/di Tolomeo/con i disegni di molte città et/fortezze di diverse provintie/stampate in rame con studio et diligenza/in Roma, known as Atlanti Lafrery. Besides the Speculum, Lafrery published two title pages for collections of religious subjects.

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