Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican)
Date of this view: 1760
Dimensions (not including margins): 28,3 x 39,4 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving. Vivid original colouring. Wide margins. Hard to find in this state of conservation and colouring.
Condition rating: A+
Optica of Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican)
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular specialty establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century the optical print or vue optique came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession. The viewing devices for which these perspective prints were produced consisted of a lens and a mirror, this requiring the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
Rare optical print illustrating the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Engraved by Jean Benoit Winckler after Joseph Vasi.
Title: Die prachtige Sr. Peters Kirche im Vatican zu Rom / Vuë de l’Eglise Cathetrade de St. Pierre au le Vatican a Rome