Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (The Mirror of Roman Magnificence) was one of the first widely-circulated printed records focused on the monuments of Rome. The Speculum began as a series of single-sheet images published beginning in the 1530s. A unifying title page was issued in 1573, which established an organizing principle for the series, although many of the images had been created decades before. Prints were acquired individually by travelers, artists, and architects, as well as in groups assembled in albums according to the tastes of the purchasers.



Image: Artist unknown.Colosseum from Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (The Mirror of Roman Magnificence), 1546–90. Engraving. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. 1974.12.1455