Premier project que l'auteur a formé pour placer la Venerie Imperiale sur la hauteur de Schönbrun [...]
Engraving with very large margins, platemark 300 x 430mm (11¾ x 17"). Text in French; ingrained dirt in title area. Foxing.
Austrian architect Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach's first plan for the famous palace of Schönbrun in Vienna. It has been claimed that the audacious 'mega-Versailles' envisaged here, with the palace on the crest of a hill and claiming improbably to offer view of 'the borders of Hungary', were 'intended to display the "universal claim to power" of the Habsburg dynasty, but never seriously considered as a concrete architectural project'. The palace was eventually built at the bottom of the hill, rather than the top as shown here, along with other adjustments. Plate from Fischer's 'Entwurf einer historischen Architektur' ('Outline of Historical Architecture', first published 1721) , the first comparative architecture of all periods and nations.
see Martin Mutschlechner, 'From castle in the air to château de plaisance – Schönbrunn and Fischer von Erlach', www.habsburger.net
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