Allegorical frontispiece to the edition of Martin Zeiller’s Itinerarium Italiae, published by Matthäeus Merian in Frankfurt in 1640.
Joachim von Sandrart designed the allegorical frontispiece, as on the bottom left is reported: “Ioach. Sandrart inuentor”.
Italy’s personification is enthroned with a sceptre, wearing a crown decorated as a fortified city. She is holding in her hand a crown. On the right, lying on the pedestal is also the papal tiara. On the left is Jupiter next to Minerva, who has taken off her armour. To the right, some figures in seventeenth-century attire are conversing. Where they stand are several objects like a book with music, a small sculpture, a bust, a lute and other books. In the background to the left is an obelisk, weapons, a banner with S.P.Q.R. and the Trajan’s Column to the right. At the bottom, the personification of some rivers, such as the Tiber on the left, somehow playing with the young Romulus and Remus.
Engraving on paper; total: 286 x 175 mm; some foxing and browning of the paper, a repaired tear towards the bottom right. Mounted on a thicker sheet of paper. Not backed.
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