Item details: Place de la Basilique de Saint Jean de Latran Mere et chef de toutes les Eglises de Rome
Place de la Basilique de Saint Jean de Latran Mere et chef de toutes les Eglises de Rome
Imprint: Paris, c.1760
280 x 420 mm., in early wash colour, light dirt to some of the margins otherwise in good condition.
This copperplate engraving is a fine example of the school of prints known loosely as 'Vue d'Optique'. They are most easily recognised by there consistent dimensions and style with notable blue wash skies. They are a form of perspective view which were popular during the eighteenth century in Europe. They were designed to be viewed through an optical device known as a 'zograscope' or 'optique', and were issued by many different publishers in various cities. This one is by Paul-Andre Basset who is part of an extensive family of print publishers in Paris. It is a fine bird's-eye view of the Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome and is much the same today as it is in the view.