"Ierusalem Comme Elle Est a Present", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Black & White
20.7 x 12.8 inches
52.6 x 32.5 cm
This lovely, uncommon view of modern Jerusalem by Pierre R. Aveline is drawn after Matthaus Merian. It shows the city from the east, with a vantage in front of the sealed Golden Gate. In the foreground there are numerous individuals in contemporary dress moving toward the city. A key running along the bottom of the view identifies 36 places of interest, with an additional note pointing out that Jerusalem means "Vision of Peace" or "Perfect Vision". Among the places listed are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Tomb of Absalom, and the Ecce Homo arch (called here Arc de Pilate) above Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked while hoisting the cross on which he was to be crucified. The Dome of the Rock is prominently displayed, although it is here referred to as Temple de Salomon. Although there has been no compelling archeological evidence that Solomon's Temple existed, it is said to have been located on Temple Mount. For instance, during the Crusades the Knights Templar believed that the Dome of the Rock was the site of Solomon's Temple.
References: Laor #947.
A nice impression with light soiling and a number of small abrasions. There are a number of short tears that have been professionally repaired with tiny portions of the image missing.