Volume of 39 fine engraved plates printed recto only, including frontispiece, depicting assorted altars and chapels of throughout Rome, sites include Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria del Popolo, Sant'Andrea della Valle, San Pietro in Montorio, Santi Luca e Martina, Santa Maria della Vittoria, and San Nicola da Tolentino, with engraved table of plates. Some very minor scattered age-darkening and foxing, impressions very bright and crisp. Folio. Modern vellum-backed boards. Nuremburg (Apud Ioh. Iacobum de Sandrart) n.d. (circa 1680-1690). Rossetti 9141. Joachim van Sandrart was a German Baroque art historian and painter, active in Germany and Amsterdam in the 17th century. He was well-known as a painter of genre pieces and portraits and as an artist biographer. He traveled to Italy in 1629 with his cousin and mentor, Michel le Blon, and spent three years living in the Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome as the curator of its collection of paintings and as organizer of a set of copper engravings copied from antiquities. In the final decades of his life, living back in Northern Europe, Sandrart dedicated himself more to his work as an art historian and theorist, and published a number of important source works including the Teutsche Academie, the first encyclopaedic art history in German. A fine and scarce work; as of September 2016, WorldCat locates three holdings in North American institutions. (Inventory #: 48576)
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