By: Daniel Stoopendaal
Date: 1700 (circa) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 12 x 17.8 inches (30.5 x 45.2 cm)
This is a fascinating bird’s eye view of ancient Jerusalem, a rather imaginary view drawn by Stoopendaal but based on an earlier work by Juan Bautista Villalpando.
The original first appeared in 1603 in a commentary based on the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel and on writings of first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. Prominent features include The Temple of Solomon at bottom centre, the City of David in upper left, and the massive city walls. The architecture of the Temple and its grounds is based on Vallalpando’s interpretation of Ezekiel’s prophecy of a third temple. The city itself is depicted as being highly organized.
The map is embellished with vignettes all relating to the Temple and including the Ark of the Covenant, an altar, a menorah, a statue of Solomon, the Tabernacle and an altar for burnt offerings. A key to the map lists sixty points of interest. The map is in Flemish and Dutch and is one of several versions to have been published, this one with Dutch text on the verso bearing the title 'Beschryvinge van Jerusalem.'
Condition: This interesting hand coloured map (modern colouring) is in A condition. Archival material reinforces centerfold on verso. Platemark visible. Text on verso.
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