This early original copper-plate engraving on heavy chain-linked paper is a real beauty. It depicts the Ancient Roman Triumphal Arch of Orange and has the French title "Arc de Orange". It shows a front view and a ground plan of the Arch. It comes from the French book L'antiquité expliquée et représentée by Dom Bernard de Montfaucon.
The Triumphal Arch of Orange (French: Arc de triomphe d'Orange) is a triumphal arch located in the town of Orange, southeast France. There is debate about when the arch was built, but current research that accepts the inscription as evidence favours a date during the reign of Augustus (27 BC - AD 14). It was built on the former via Agrippa to honor the veterans of the Gallic Wars and Legio II Augusta. It was later reconstructed by emperor Tiberius to celebrate the victories of Germanicus over the German tribes in Rhineland.
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: circa 20 " x 15" Plate
Condition : Very good, untrimmed, few wormholes. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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