BEAUTIFUL LARGE FORMAT VIEW OF INNSBRUCK
“Inspruck”, copper engraving on two plates published around 1740 by Johann Friedrich Probst, based on the artwork of Friedrich Bernhard Werner (1690-1776). Coloured by a later hand. Size: 41,5 x 116 cm.
One of the classic large-format views of the city of Innsbruck, as seen over the river Inn from the northwest. The view stretches from the Siebenkapellenkirche over the center with the Jesuitenkirche, Old Castle, Cathedral, Town Tower, Spitalskirche, Servite Monastery to the Johanneskirche, in the background Ambras Castle and Wilten Abbey. The sky shows the city’s coat of arms and a banner with the name, below the view there is a key with 40 city highlights. The view shows situation of the city of around 1730/35
Werner was born in Silesia, spent his early career working as a military engineer and cartographer, along with several other more colourful jobs (such as ‘Wunderdokter’) in Prague. In 1718, he began creating remarkable views which brought him into contact with several leading art dealers and map publishers in Augsburg, most importantly the heirs of Jeremias Wolff (1663-1724).
The firm would sponsor several European tours, allowing Werner to obtain new artwork for his remarkable views. His work was first published in a series by several partners of the Wolff firm, primarily by Johann Friedrich Probst (1719 or 1721-1781), and later by his brother Georg Balthasar Probst (1732-1801).
Price: Euro 1.750,-