"Constantinopolis Stamboul", Visscher, Nicolas
Subject: Istanbul, Turkey
Period: 1625 (circa)
Color: Black & White
27.3 x 10.9 inches
69.3 x 27.7 cm
This rare and striking engraving depicts a panoramic view of Constantinople in the background with large full-length portraits of four women in the foreground, including a Turkish princess, two Greek women, and a Jewish woman. Several important buildings are labeled, such as the Hagia Sophia and the Bayezid II Mosque, while the waters are teeming with ships. Printed on two sheets, joined.
A sharp impression on paper with jester watermarks and marginal soiling. Professionally remargined at right and left with the neatline replaced in facsimile. The bottom margin has been seamlessly extended a bit as well.