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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

The "Mirror of Roman Magnificence"Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Interior Reconstruction of the Colosseum
In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besançon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These images were produced to appeal to the taste for classical antiquity that fueled the Renaissance.
After Lafreri published a title page in the mid-1570s, collections of these prints came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." Tourists and other collectors who bought prints from Lafreri made their own selections and had them individually bound.
Over time, Lafreri's title page served as starting point for large and eclectic compilations, expanded and rearranged by generations of collectors.
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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Bacchus, Seated, Drinking from a Vase Presented by a Putto

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Bacchus, Seated, Drinking from a Vase...

Giulio Bonasone was an Italian painter and engraver born in Bologna. He possibly studied painting under Lorenzo Sabbatini, and painted a Purgatory for the church of San Stefano, but all his paintings have been ... more