Urbis Romae Descriptio

Reference: S39333
Author Mario CARTARO
Year: 1575
Zone: Rome
Printed: Rome
Measures: 550 x 415 mm
€12,000.00

Description

Etching and engraving, 1575, signed and dated in plate. Exemple in the first state of two, before of the sistine modifications and the completion of the dome of St. Peter, visible in the second state of the plate (1603).

Very rare and important perspective plan of the city of which only 9 examples are known in public collections all over the world - London, British Library; Milan, Bertarelli; Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale; Rome, Angelica; Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale; Rome, Istituto di archeologia e storia dell'arte; Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale; Rome, Istituto Centrale per la Grafica; Salzburg, Universitatsbibliothek - (see B/R p. 2397).

Map of the city taken from the Janiculum Hill, oriented with the north to the left as the map of Hughes Pinard (1555) from which it certainly draws inspiration. It describes the city immediately before the changing wanted by Pope Sixtus V and was a model for many other maps. The plate knows a second issue (1603), completely updated with the sistine modifications.

On top, along the upper edge, is engraved the title: URBIS ROMAE DESCRIPTIO. Along the lower margin there is a key legend of 69 numbers to places and monuments, distributed on nine columns. In the last box on the right we find the printing details: "1575 Marius Kartarus Inci. Romae".

Orientation on the four sides iwith the name of the cardinal points: SEPTENTRIO, MERIDIES, ORIENS, OCIDENS, the north is on the left.

Magnificent proof, printed on contemporary laid paper with "pilgrim in the circle with star" watermark (Woodward nn. 17-21), with margins, in perfect condition.

Exemple of the former Fritz Hellwig collection.

Literature
Bifolco - Ronca, Cartografia e Topografia italiana del XVI secolo (2018), pp. 2396-2397, tav. 1233, I/II; Alberti (2010): n. 84; Brandhuber-Juffinger (2011); n. 88.89; Bonasera (1979): p. 82, n. 1; Destombes (1970): H.I. n. 10; Alberti (2009): p. 128, n. A.76; Frutaz (1962): n. CXXV e tav. 237; Hülsen (1915): XII, p. 62, n. 60; Luchetti (1955): p. 44, n. 24; Rocchi (1902): cfr. pp. 71-75 e tav. XIII; Scaccia Scarafoni (1939): p. 88, n. 157; Tooley (1939): n. 492.

Literature

Bifolco - Ronca, Cartografia e Topografia italiana del XVI secolo (2018), pp. 2396-2397, tav. 1233, I/II.

Mario CARTARO (1560-1620)

Engraver, print dealer and publisher, from Viterbo. Active in Rome c.1557-86/8; in Naples by 1588.First dated work 1560.He engraved and published his own work and also acquired plates from others. The Museum of the History of Science in Florence has a printed celestial globe signed by him, 1577. There is a matching terrestrial globe in the Monte Mario Observatory .His productin seems to have concentrated on devotional subjects and maps.Large maps of Rome 1576.He took on commissions for copperplates from Ferrando Bertelli in Venice:three maps of 1562-3.Plates in Vaccari stocklist of 1614.

Literature

Bifolco - Ronca, Cartografia e Topografia italiana del XVI secolo (2018), pp. 2396-2397, tav. 1233, I/II.

Mario CARTARO (1560-1620)

Engraver, print dealer and publisher, from Viterbo. Active in Rome c.1557-86/8; in Naples by 1588.First dated work 1560.He engraved and published his own work and also acquired plates from others. The Museum of the History of Science in Florence has a printed celestial globe signed by him, 1577. There is a matching terrestrial globe in the Monte Mario Observatory .His productin seems to have concentrated on devotional subjects and maps.Large maps of Rome 1576.He took on commissions for copperplates from Ferrando Bertelli in Venice:three maps of 1562-3.Plates in Vaccari stocklist of 1614.