"Tempe", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Vale of Tempe, Greece
Period: 1590 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 14.3 inches
47.8 x 36.3 cm
This stunning engraving illustrates the Vale of Tempe in Thessalia, at the foot of Mount Olympus, a mixture of Greek myth and history. Ortelius described it as "where people dwell, meet in companies, and having done divine service and ceremonies in due form and manner, they banquet and make merry." Latin text on verso, published in 1592.
References: Van den Broecke #231.
A crisp impression with superb, full original color, professional repairs to a couple of minor separations along the centerfold, and marginal soiling.