Beautiful antique engraved view of Verona, published by Matthaus Merian in the middle of the 17th century.
This copperplate engraving shows the city looking southwards, with Mantova and Villefranca de Verona depicted in the distance, although the two should, in reality, be swapped.
The old city of Verona is beautifully situated on its u-bend in the Adie River, and the two castles overlooking the town to the west are visible. The old walls of the city can be seen. Many Venetian-style towers stand above the city.
Matthaus Merian was one of the most prolific and important engravers of Northern Europe of the time, who operated out of Frankfurt. He published and reissued a number of notable views of Italian cities.
Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century