Hans Vredeman de Vries
(1527 - 1606)
Engravings from THE BOOK OF PERSPECTIVE. 1604-05. De Vries, a Dutch painter and architect, wrote and illustrated what became one of the major guidebooks on perspective for designers, painters, and architects. Perspective had been a part of the education of such professionals since the Renaissance. The book includes a number of scenes and projections employing one- and multi-point perspective. These were essential demonstrations for artists of the day, including the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), who was said to have a copy in his library. These engravings are sold separately; follow the link below to view the other prints and descriptions in this set.
At right: TRIUMPHAL ARCH WITH A PERSPECTIVE OF THREE ARCHES WITH FLAT CEILINGS AND SIDE ARCHES. Plate 16 from the Book of Perspective, Part I. Latin Edition, printed by Hendrick Hondius in 1605 with a dedication to Prince Maurits. Engraving, 186/187 x 292/300 mm (7.5 x 11.5"), plus full margins. Hollstein 535i (of ii). Vertical centerfold, slight soiling in margins.
View a PDF showing engravings from The Book of Perspective. Currently available are Part I: plates 8, 14, 15, 16, 20, 26, 49, and Part II: frontispiece, 6, 16, 17, 24.