City Views, Austria, Gratz Metropolis Styriae, Graz
"Graecium vulgo Gratz Metropolis Styriae". City of Graz.
Copper etching by Laurenz van de Sype (died in Graz 1634). Finished after van de Sype's death by Wenzel Hollar (1607 Prague - London 1777). Original hand coloring. Published ca. 1635/40.
Amazingly beautiful general bird's eye view of Graz. Van de Sype was a Dutch architect and copper etcher, working and living in Graz. It is obvious that his etching of Graz was a pure declaration of love!
This very rare engraving is in very good condition considering its age. Because of its large size it had been folded several times. These vertical folds do show without taking away any of the gradezza of this majestic etching. There are several repaired tears in margins and other minor traces of age and use.
38 x 88 cm (15 x 34.6").