Diverse Views of France and Italy – 4 Plates

Israel Silvestre (1621-1691), Diverse Views of France and Italy, four plates, etchings, c. 1660, from the series of the same name, with the title plate, plate 7, 8, and 9. Published by Nicolas Langois, Paris. In generally good condition (some staining, soft folds), with margins, 3 1/4 x 5, the sheets 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.

Very good impressions,  printed on a cream laid paper, two with bunch of grapes watermarks.

These are each impressions of Roman temples and palaces: the Villa Capa di Bove; a view of an ancient Roman palace; an ancient Roman tower, and a view of the Temple di Sole.

Israel Silvestre was a nephew of the print dealer Israel Henriet, who was a friend Jacques Callot. Henriet took Silvestre in as an orphan at an early age.  Silvestre became a prolific etcher, making many view of France and Italy; later in his career he inherited his uncle’s plates, including many of the works of Callot and Stefano Della Bella. As is evident from this etching, he was strongly influenced by the work of these artists.

Silvestre made a number of views of the Roman ruins, including another view of the Temple of the Sun in which he focused on the Temple itself; in this rendering he places the Temple at the far right, amidst fields, other ruins, and a parade of shepherds and their sheep in the foreground.