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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Ancient Rome and its Hills, from the West

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...
1573
Engraving and etching
52.0 x 67.4cm
41.72(1.9)
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Permanent collection