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Burgdorff: Merian, c.1655

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  • Title: Burgdorff
  • Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: c.1655
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light foxing
  • Inches: 12 7/8 x 8 1/4 [Platemark]
  • Centimeters: 32.7 x 20.96 [Platemark]
  • Product ID: 2092

Finely framed by The Antiquarium in a hand-gilded 12kt white gold frame.

View of the city of Burgdorf, Switzerland alongside the River Emme. In the foreground, a hunting scene transpires, with a group of hounds pursuing three rabbits. Along the banks of the river, several figures stand and converse, and in the fields surrounding the city's fortifications a herd of cattle graze peacefully.

Matthaus Merian the Elder was born in Basel, Switzerland on the 22nd of September 1593. He began his career in the arts with the engraver Friedrich Meyer in Zurich, where he studied copper engraving as well as drawing. In 1619 he went to Frankfurt and was employed by the well-known publisher Johann Theodor de Bry. He would go on to take over and complete two works started in 1590 by de Bry, Grand Voyages and Petit Voyages respectively. Merian the Elder is perhaps best known for the work he produced in partnership with Martin Zeiller titled Topographia, one of the largest publishing works at the time, which ultimately totaled 21 volumes. The work was continued by Merian’s sons Matthaus the Younger and Caspar upon his death in June of 1650.