Sandrart, Joachim von (1606-1688): LAOCOON Mythology STATUE, Central figure from group

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Date of Printing: 1675 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored) • Subject Category: Mythological • Signed: Plate signed, Lower Left • Period Created: Baroque (1600 - 1699) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 32 x 20.6 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 37.5 x 24 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Woven, Watermarked • Framed: Print only

This is a beautiful LARGE FOLIO engraving, hand coloured, of the famous Laocoon figure (sans his two sons), from the 1675 first part of the "Teutsche Academie der Edlen Bau- Bild- und Mahlerey-Künste", published in Nuremberg; the author dedicated it to the “heroes of art and art-lovers” (meaning the artists and art collectors of his day). The book was structured according to the model already used by Giorgio Vasari in his biographies: The theory of the three arts precedes the biographies of the artists. The second part, published in 1679, expands the theoretical works on the genres with extensive antiquarian descriptions. A translation of the Ovid Metamorphoses paraphrase by Karel van Mander was included in this volume. In EXCELLENT condition, with slight foxing around upper and right edges. Some slight spotting on lower margin. Please view images carefully. Joachim von Sandrart (12 May 1606 – 14 October 1688) was a German Baroque art-historian and painter, active in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age. He is best known as an author of books on art, some of them in Latin, and especially for his historical work, the Teutsche Akademie.