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Bust portrait of Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705) in an oval frame, surrounded by a laurel wreath. The original plate featured only a plain oval frame with embedded leaves, as if they were sculpted. See for example the impression at the British Museum (inv. 1899,0713.61). Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher, and encyclopedist known in particular for his atlases and globes. He may have acquired the plate and then modify it by adding the wonderful laurel wreath with many leaves. On each of them, the friar wrote episodes with dates related to the life of Leopold I. From the birthdate as son of Mary of Austria, to the 1693 victory over the Turks in “Giula.” At the top a cartouche reads: ” Serie Cronologica di molte trà le Attioni più cospicue di S.M. Cesarea raccolte dal P. Coronelli Cosmografo Publico.” The title on the pedestal is original: “LEOPOLDO I IMPERATORE PER LA D.G. IMPERATORE DE’ ROMANI, RE’ D’UNGHERIA, DI BOEMIA, ETC.”; Coronelli added a further line below: “L’AUGUSTO, IL VITTORIOSO SEMPRE TRIONFANTE”. Since the last reported date is 1693, the etching might date from the same year.
Engraving and etching on paper, trimmed within plate mark; total: 358 x 278 mm; state II/2(?); some light foxing and dirt especially towards the bottom, tiny scratches, but overall in good condition. Mounted on paper mat.
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