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Antique map with a view of the Farnese Palace i Caprarola (Latium) by Braun and Hogenberg.

Item number:23398
Category:Antique maps > europe > Italy - Cities
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Caprarola arx et horti Farnesiani - Braun & Hogenberg, 1598.


Old map with a view of the Farnese Palace i Caprarola (Latium) by Braun and Hogenberg.

CAPTION: Caprarola palace and the Farnese gardens.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "The magnificent, splendid and exceedingly beautiful palace of Caprarola lies roughly a comfortable day's journey from Rome, between Viterbo and Monterosa [...]. Cardinal Alexander Farnese had it built by one of the leading architects of our day, Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, high on the top of the mountain, in the immediate vicinity of a town by the name of Caprarola, as somewhere to retreat from the summer heat. [...] Ultimately, the magnificence and splendour of Caprarola palace cannot be described in a single page; one could print an entire book about it."

The magnificent palace of Caprarola, which is laid out in the shape of a pentagon on Monte Cimini, today lies in the Lago di Vico nature reserve. It was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese - grandson of the notoriously nepotistic Pope Paul III - from the Bolognese architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola in 1559. Caprarola palace, also known as the Villa Farnese, is seen in cavalier perspective, allowing the viewer a partial glimpse into the circular inner courtyard of the massive pentagonal complex. Inside the courtyard are splendid colonnades, within which columned niches house the busts of Roman emperors. The magnificent gardens can also be admired in the engraving. The massive Villa Farnese is considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. The building, which dominates the surrounding countryside, is characterized by its strict proportions and sparing ornamentation. After Farnese's death (1589) the villa passed to the Dukes of Parma and received little use. In the 19th century the villa served for a while as the residence of the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Italy; today it is the occasional home of the Italian president. In 1580 Montaigne praised the building as the most beautiful palace in Italy, a compliment that probably inspired Braun and Hogenberg to include it in their city atlas. (Taschen).

Copper engraving
Size: 38 x 50.5cm (14.8 x 19.7 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Small hole filled, else excellent, nice old colour.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 781 State 2; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.421.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 5. Köln, 1596-1640.

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