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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Castrum

Series/Portfolio:
Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
Artist:
Anonymous
Publisher:
Michele Tramezzino (Italian, active Venice and Rome, 1526–died 1561)
Date:
16th century
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
sheet: 12 13/16 x 8 1/16 in. (32.5 x 20.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, Transferred from the Library, 1941
Accession Number:
41.72(1.89)
Not on view
This print comes from the museum’s copy of 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.

The museum’s copy of the Speculum entered the collection as a group of 3 albums with inlaid engravings and etchings. The prints have since been removed, but the original place of each print within the album is contained in the accession number: 41.72(volume.place).

Originally volume 1, plate 89 in the scrapbook.
Inscription: At top center: CASTRVM PRAETORIVM / CVM PRIVILEGIO / SVMMI PONT / ET SENAT VENET / MICHAELIS TRAMEZINI / FORMIS MDLIII
At left, horizontally placed: LATO VERSO IL VIVARIO
Monogrammed FMT

Marking: On verso at center: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
On recto at lower right in graphite: 42
On recto at lower right in ink: 130
H. P. Kraus
Huelsen 35c; Quaritch Catalogue 87
Peter Parshall "Antonio' Lafreri's 'Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae'" Print Quarterly. 1, London, 2006.



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