By BRY, Theodor de, 1598
Wolfganus Lazius Historic Caesare
- Author: BRY, Theodor de
- Publication place: [Frankfurt
- Publisher: Ammonius
- Publication date: 1650].
- Physical description: Engraved portrait.
- Dimensions: 147 by 110mm. (5.75 by 4.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17791
Multiple portraits of Lazius were made during the sixteenth century, the most famous being Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s ‘The Librarian’, an early example of abstract art in which his figure is composed of books. In 1598, Johann Theodor de Bry reengraved a portrait of Lazius originally produced by Philip Galle in 1567. It shows the seated cartographer in a ruff and gown, holding a furled document in his left hand. De Bry added ornate framework above Lazius, and Latin text giving his dates of birth and death, and outlining his role as the royal academic. The present examplle was included in Jean Jacques Boissard’s ‘Bibliotheca Chalcographica’ in 1650.
- BM O,6.188.