1600 Giovanni Antonio de Paoli - Venetia
Exceptional Lafreri bird's-eye-view of Venice
Giovanni Antonio de Paoli
Rome, c. 1600
51.7 x 39 cm (20.4 x 15.4 in)
Wonderful example of this rare bird's-eye-view of Venice, with insets of Piazza San Marco and Ponte Rialto.
Edited in Rome, the plan follows the model started by Giacomo Franco and Bernardo Salvioni at the end of the sixteenth century, depicting the procession of the Doge of Venice below the city. A similar plan was created by Matteo Florimi in 1598, to which this work bears many similarities.
Giovanni Antonio de Paoli was an editor and printer active in Rome between 1589 and 1630, where he had a print shop in Santa Maria della Pace. Historical sources show that he obtained publishing privileges from the Pope in 1599, 1605, and 1624. However, it is possible that this plate is not the direct work of De Paoli; he often reprinting works by other publishers, acquiring the plates after their deaths. This is likely a Roman version of the Salvioni plan, created for the local market, in competition with Venetian and Tuscan productions, and therefore the work of an unknown publisher and dating back to the early 17th century. Moretto dates the work to 1620, without specifying however on which scientific basis.
Schultz 56; Cassini p. 63; G. Moretto (a cura di) "Venetia - Le immagini della Repubblica", s. 57.