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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Sculpture of a faun standing in a niche after a statue in Scipione Borghese's villa

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Sculpture of a faun standing in a niche after a statue in Scipione Borghese's villa

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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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1500 - 1599
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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