Decorative birdseye view of Florence on the Arno River, from Merian's Neuwe Archontologica Cosmica . . . , published in the the middle of the 17th Century.
A number of the major buildings are clearly identifiable, including the Duomo in the center of town. Shows buildings, churches, bridges, fortified walls of the city, and the surrounding hillside, etc. Coat of arms and banner title.
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