Le merveilleux Colosse de Rhodes dedié au Soleil [...]
Engraving with very large margins. 305 x 430mm (12 x 17"). Spotting, creasing.
The Colossus of Rhodes, standing astride the entrance to the harbour. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was built in BC 280, when it was one of the tallest statues in the world. It stood for a little over 50 years, brought down by an earthquake in BC 226. The plate was published in Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach's 'Entwürst Einer Historischen Architectur', a study of the architecture of the ancient world. Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723) was a successful Austrian architect: his baroque works include the Schönbrunn Palace, Karlskirche, and the Austrian National Library in Vienna. He also studied ancient architecture, publishing 'A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture' in 1721, taking on classical influences in his building.
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