This early original copper-plate engraving on heavy chain-linked paper is a real beauty. It depicts a Roman Relief from Trajan's Column called "Combat". It comes from the French book L'antiquité expliquée et représentée by Dom Bernard de Montfaucon.
Trajan's Column is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.
Dom Bernard de Montfaucon (13 January 1655 – 21 December 1741) was a French Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Saint Maur. He was an astute scholar who founded the discipline of palaeography, as well as being an editor of works of the Fathers of the Church. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern archaeology. Montfaucon published 15 volumes of L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures between 1719 and 1724. An English translation of this work was published in 1721–25 under the title Antiquity Explained and Represented in Diagrams. The work contained copperplate folio engravings of classical antiquities.
Provenance: L'antiquité expliquée et représentée
Author: Bernard de Montfaucon
Publisher: 1719 Paris
Size: Paper Size: 21 " x 17" Plate Size: 17" x 13"
Condition : Very good, untrimmed, few wormholes. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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