Eigentliche abbild und vorstellung deß sehr künstlichen und kostbarn feuerwercks, welches auf dem hochfeyerlichen kayserl... [Firework display to mark The marriage of Leopold I to Margarita Teresa]

Method Copper engraving
Artist Matthäus Merian II
Published [Frankfurt:1677]
Dimensions Image 295 x 340 mm, Plate 300 x 345 mm, Sheet 340 x 385 mm
Notes A spectacular and atmospheric engraving of the lavish fireworks display on 8 December 1666, celebrating the marriage of Leopold I to Margarita Teresa of Spain, from Merian's Theatrum Europaeum. The print depicts hundreds of rockets lighting up the sky and an illuminated 'A.E.I.O.U'. In the foreground two flaming hearts engraved with the initials L&M (Leopold and Margarita) sit upon ornate archways. The festivities held to celebrate the marriage of Leopold I and Margarita Teresa lasted almost two years and are regarded as the climax of Baroque magnificence at the Viennese Court.

Matthäus Merian II (1621-1687) was a portrait painter, engraver and publisher. Born in Basel he was the son of Matthäus Merian the Elder and half brother of Maria Sibylla Merian. In 1650, after his father's death, he took over the family printing business.

Condition: Good dark impression. Centre fold as issued. Plate very slightly worn in patches to left foreground.
Framing unmounted
Price £375.00
Stock ID 52305