View of the Strasbourg Cathedral.
52,1 x 39 cm. Copperprint engraving on paper (two conjoined sheets).
Beautiful copy of the famous south-west view of the Strasbourg Cathedral by Daniel Specklin from 1566. Some minor changes to the original print concern small architectural changes to the building itself, such as the helmet of the ridge turret, the staffage figures, and the monumental cartouche with the text, marking the transition from late Renaissance to early Baroque ornaments. The German text offers a partly legendary building history of the famous north tower. An additional text directly underneath the seam of the two sheets is a dedication to the dignitaries of the city: “Nobilissimis, amplissimis, prudentissimis Dominis, D. D. Praetoribus, Consulibus, Reliquisq[ue] inclusae Argentinae Senatoribus, Patribus Patriae, Patriam hanc turrim humiliter offert, consecrat, dedicat Isaac Brunn Argentine(n)sis chalkiographos A(nn)o 1615”.
Born in Strasbourg, Isaac Brun (1596-1669) worked primarily as a portraitist and book illustrator.
Upper margin somewhat brittle and with several tears, one larger tear showing traces of unprofessional restoration. Right border of the cartouche chafed. With a pinch fold affecting the dedication and a restored tear affecting the image in the lower right margin. Trimmed on the upper and lower margins, some browning.
Thieme/Becker V, 121 (biography). Drugulin I, 291.