The Temple of the Sun at Rome

Israel Silvestre (1621-1691), Veue du Temple du Soleil a Rome, etching, c. 1660, from the series of Veduta,  [with the title, name of Israel in the plate]. In generally good condition, with small margins, 4 5/8 x 10, with a small fleur de lis (?) watermark.

A very good impression, printed on a cream laid paper.

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.