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Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar: Now through September 21

July 12, 2011, Volume 58, No. 01

This 1572 hand-colored engraving, from the collection of Barbara and Jack Sosiak, shows Rome as viewed from the west, in a perspective emphasizing the city’s ancient walls. The engraving is from the first volume of the Civitates orbis terrarum (Cities of the World), a stunning six-volume city atlas engraved by Franz Hogenberg and published in Cologne between 1572 and 1617 by George Braun. For the exhibition Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar, 38 of these city views from the Sosiaks’ collection are on display.

The exhibition is in the Kamin Gallery, on the 1st floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, through September 21. For more information, visit: www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/cityviews.html


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