Seutter, Matthaeus (1678 - c. 1757): Ordines Sacri Romani Imp. ab Ottone III...
copper engraved prints with original wash colour. overall each 53 x 61 cm, plate 50,5 x 58,5 cm. folds as issued; some rust spots; both sheets: repair to c’folds; top right corners: hand written annotations; o/w exc. cond.
This very decorative engraving is printed on two sheets and depicts the ranks of dignitaries of the Holy Roman Empire who were able to vote in the Imperial Diet. In the top rank, with the Emperor seated in the middle, are three ecclesiastical to the left and four lay dignitaries to the right. Below are four dukes and four marquesses; in the third and forth rank are four provincial dignitaries four military dignitaries each. The fifth and sixth rank are the burghers and freemen. Below is an explanatory text in Latin and German.
This engraving was first published in 1593 in Gerard de Jode’s atlas but later, the plates were purchased by Vrients and from 1603 onwards, it appeared in Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum’ as well as in the ‘Paragon’, with the text box a lot smaller.
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