Varie Antiquitates Romanae Sive Ruinae ad Vivum Delineatae

  • New
Reference: S45340
Author Claes Jansz. VISSCHER
Year: 1618
Zone: Rome
Printed: Antwerpen
Measures: 295 x 200 mm
€2,500.00

  • New
Reference: S45340
Author Claes Jansz. VISSCHER
Year: 1618
Zone: Rome
Printed: Antwerpen
Measures: 295 x 200 mm
€2,500.00

Description

Variae antiquitates Romanae, sive ruinae, ad vivum delineatae.

Complete series of 26 etchings, including title, from subjects by Willem van Nieulandt, 1618, signed and dated on title page Anno 1618 C. I. Visscher Excudebat.

Magnificent proofs, printed on contemporary paper with watermark "crowned coat of arms with letters IM" (present on some sheets), with wide margins, minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

The 19-sheet set Monumenta haec et venerandae antiquitatis romanae verstigia... by Willem van Nieulandt served as a model, but was slightly modified and enriched with various details. Six sheets of Visscher's set, however, are of his own invention.

The complete set is extremely rare: Hollstein mentions only one complete example in the Collection of the Albertina in Vienna, while the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam has only an incomplete copy. Another complete collection is that of the Metropolitan Museum in New York (which attributes the etchings to Pieter Schenk I) and that held at the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Dresden.

In addition to being a talented draughtsman and engraver, Claes Visscher (1586-1652) of Amsterdam was also an important publisher of prints, maps and topographical views. As such, he exerted considerable influence on the development of Dutch landscape art. Following Hendrick Goltzius, he was one of the first to depict the countryside in which he lived as he saw it, without embellishment. He began drawing landscapes of the Haarlem and Amsterdam area in 1607. In addition, he produced about two hundred engravings. One of the most impressive examples is the magnificent profile of Amsterdam made in 1611. Visscher was a strict Calvinist and played a prominent role as a deacon and elder of the Reformed Church.

Bound in paperback with gilt and embossed leather title. Stamp from the collection of Giannalisa Feltrinelli.

Bibliografia

Hollstein (Nieulandt) 50-75, Hollstein (C. J. Visscher) 169-194.

Claes Jansz. VISSCHER (Amsterdam 1587 - 1652)

Claes Janszoon Visscher (1587 – 19 June 1652) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver, mapmaker, and publisher. He was the founder of the successful Visscher family mapmaking business. The firm that he established in Amsterdam would be passed down his generations until it was sold to Peter Schenk. Visscher, who was born and died in Amsterdam, was also known as Nicolas Joannes Piscator or Nicolas Joannis Visscher II, after his father who lived c. 1550–1612. He learned the art of etching and printing from his father,and helped grow the family printing and mapmaking business to one of the largest in his time. It was a family business; his son Nicolaes Visscher I (1618–1679), and his grandson Nicolaes Visscher II (1649–1702) were also mapmakers in Amsterdam on the Kalverstraat. The times were with the Visschers for other reasons; due to the Protestant reformation, the older Bibles with their "Roman Catholic" illustrations were seen as outdated and apocryphal, but to liven up the new Protestant Bibles for the less well-read clergy, the Visschers produced illustrated maps and even landscapes of the places in the Bible. This became a very successful family business, with collaboration with many respected draughtsmen of the day. A new translation of the Bible was underway in the Netherlands, and until then, the new German translation done by Johannes Piscator, published in 1602–1604, was translated into Dutch. Though probably not a relative, his Bible translation was accepted by the Dutch Staten-General in 1602, which only lent more publicity and authenticity to the "Fisher" name. He first established his company in Amsterdam within a district known for publishing maps, the area saw fellow contemporary mapmakers such as Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. There is also a belief that Hondius might have apprenticed Visscher. The trademark of the Visschers was a fisherman, as he often published under the name Piscator. In his maps, a small fisherman would be strategically placed somewhere near water. If the subject was a landscape without a stream or pond, then often a figure walking with a fishing rod can be seen. Their map plates were reused for a century by other printers who unknowingly copied the entire plates, including the tell-tale fishermen. Observant scholars are thus able to trace the provenance of Bibles, maps, and landscapes from these signs. Aside from Bibles, Claes Visscher II primarily etched and published landscapes, portraits, and maps. He etched over 200 plates and his maps included elaborate original borders. Visscher died in 1652. He was a publisher of prints by Esaias van de Velde, and David Vinckboons, and was a big influence on Roelant Roghman and on his sister Geertruyd.

Claes Jansz. VISSCHER (Amsterdam 1587 - 1652)

Claes Janszoon Visscher (1587 – 19 June 1652) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver, mapmaker, and publisher. He was the founder of the successful Visscher family mapmaking business. The firm that he established in Amsterdam would be passed down his generations until it was sold to Peter Schenk. Visscher, who was born and died in Amsterdam, was also known as Nicolas Joannes Piscator or Nicolas Joannis Visscher II, after his father who lived c. 1550–1612. He learned the art of etching and printing from his father,and helped grow the family printing and mapmaking business to one of the largest in his time. It was a family business; his son Nicolaes Visscher I (1618–1679), and his grandson Nicolaes Visscher II (1649–1702) were also mapmakers in Amsterdam on the Kalverstraat. The times were with the Visschers for other reasons; due to the Protestant reformation, the older Bibles with their "Roman Catholic" illustrations were seen as outdated and apocryphal, but to liven up the new Protestant Bibles for the less well-read clergy, the Visschers produced illustrated maps and even landscapes of the places in the Bible. This became a very successful family business, with collaboration with many respected draughtsmen of the day. A new translation of the Bible was underway in the Netherlands, and until then, the new German translation done by Johannes Piscator, published in 1602–1604, was translated into Dutch. Though probably not a relative, his Bible translation was accepted by the Dutch Staten-General in 1602, which only lent more publicity and authenticity to the "Fisher" name. He first established his company in Amsterdam within a district known for publishing maps, the area saw fellow contemporary mapmakers such as Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. There is also a belief that Hondius might have apprenticed Visscher. The trademark of the Visschers was a fisherman, as he often published under the name Piscator. In his maps, a small fisherman would be strategically placed somewhere near water. If the subject was a landscape without a stream or pond, then often a figure walking with a fishing rod can be seen. Their map plates were reused for a century by other printers who unknowingly copied the entire plates, including the tell-tale fishermen. Observant scholars are thus able to trace the provenance of Bibles, maps, and landscapes from these signs. Aside from Bibles, Claes Visscher II primarily etched and published landscapes, portraits, and maps. He etched over 200 plates and his maps included elaborate original borders. Visscher died in 1652. He was a publisher of prints by Esaias van de Velde, and David Vinckboons, and was a big influence on Roelant Roghman and on his sister Geertruyd.