"Vera Hierosolymae Veteris Imago", Hollar, Wenceslaus
Subject: Holy Land, Jerusalem
Period: 1656 (dated)
Publication: Biblia Sacra polyglotta …editit Brianus Waltonus
Color: Black & White
17.5 x 13.75 inches
44.5 x 34.9 cm
Very rare bird's-eye view of Jerusalem based on Villalpando's foundation map of the city. This is larger than the similar, more common view by Francois Halma that was done later. The plan shows only the major religious sites, such as Solomon's Temple and the Civitas David, Golgotha and Calvary. The view is uncluttered by habitations and beautifully engraved to show the surrounding topography. At the bottom is a key to the buildings noted in the map. Wenceslas Hollar (1607-1677) was an engraver, born in Prague, best known for his city views. Merian trained him in engraving in his workshop in Frankfurt, and Hollar later moved to London, where he died in poverty despite his prolific career.
Good impression on toned paper with some minor edge chipping, not affecting view. There are two sets of small, worm tracks in the upper and lower portion of the view.