Vera Hierosolymae Veteris Imago a Ioanne Baptista Villalpando Cordvbensi e Societate Iesv Elaborata Pro Svo Vrbis ac Templi Hierosolymitani Apparatv Collato Stvdio Cvm P. Hieronymo Prado Ex Eadem Societate Romae Superiorum permissu cum Priuilegio Summi Pontificus Imperatoris Regis Catholici ac Senatus Veneti

Collection: Osher Collection

Name: Vera Hierosolymae Veteris Imago a Ioanne Baptista Villalpando Cordvbensi e Societate Iesv Elaborata Pro Svo Vrbis ac Templi Hierosolymitani Apparatv Collato Stvdio Cvm P. Hieronymo Prado Ex Eadem Societate Romae Superiorum permissu cum Priuilegio Summi Pontificus Imperatoris Regis Catholici ac Senatus Veneti

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Dimensions: 64 x 75 cm.

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Historical Context: Villalpando was a Jesuit architect and scholar whose imaginary map of ancient Jerusalem was based on Biblical accounts. In the belief that Solomon's Temple was the symbol of the heavenly Jerusalem to come, Villalpando created a detailed pictorial reconstruction and plan of the Temple patterned after the prophet Ezekiel's visionary description. A miniature version of his plan appears at the bottom center of the map. Several other Biblical sites are depicted within the city, including a circular City of David (upper left). Roman encampments and Biblical monuments are seen outside the walls. Villalpando's scholarship was widely respected and his conceptions of Solomon's Temple and ancient Jerusalem were accepted and copied for more than a century.

Accession Number: OS-1604-1

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