Auction 140, Lot 721

"Ierusalem", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Risen van Cornelius de Bruin, door de Vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia…

Color: Hand Color

49 x 11 inches
124.5 x 27.9 cm

Spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem as viewed from Mount of Olives with several figures in the foreground. Cornelius van Bruyn (1652-1726) was a painter who traveled through the Holy Land and other portions of Asia. De Bruyn had to disguise his activities because this was a repressive period during the Ottoman rule when foreigners were regarded with suspicion and the making of "graven images" was prohibited. De Bruyn avoided detection by pretending to be picnicking with two Franciscan monks who stood guard while he made his drawings. This gorgeous view of Jerusalem is probably the engraving for which he is best known. His works are particularly historically valuable because of their accuracy. Printed on two joined sheets as issued.

References: Laor #967.

Condition: B+

There are professionally repaired fold separations and a tear that enters 1" into image at bottom right that has also been professionally repaired. There are additional archival repairs of chips and tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700


Closed on 5/23/2012