Mount Athos, in Greece, cut into the Form of a Man who holds in his Left hand a City, & in his Right hand a Bason to receive all the Water that rolls down the Mountain.Wonderful Magazine
Engraving with letterpress sheet, each 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Slightly time stained.
Dinocrates' proposal to build a city dedicated to Alexander the Great on Mount Athos, with a colossal image of Alexander sculpted in its side. Alexander holds a building (standing for the city) in his left hand, while a river flows into the sea from above his right arm. The plan was never realized and Alexandria in Egypt was founded instead, as more fertile for cultivating grain. This scheme was recorded by Vitruvius. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812). The print was probably copied from a plate in the Austrian architect Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach's 'Entwurf einer historischen Architektur' ('Outline of Historical Architecture', first published 1721), the first comparative architecture of all periods and nations.
For Erlach's engraving see ref. 33419.
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