Title

‘Un vehemente deseo de comprender la imagen de aquel famoso Templo se adueña de mí’. Seeing and understanding the Temple of Solomon according to Juan Bautista Villalpando S.J. (1605)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry

Volume

24

Issue

4

First Page

413

Last Page

426

Abstract

From 1596 to 1605, three imposing in-folio volumes of erudition and craftsmanship successively came out of the Zanetti and Chacón presses in Rome. Combining the speculative and imaginative efforts of Spanish Jesuits Juan Bautista Villalpando (1552–1608) and Jerónimo Prado (1547–1595), they formed a monumental graphic reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon entitled In Ezechielem Explanationes et Apparatus Urbis, ac Templi Hierosolymitani Commentariis et Imaginibus Opus Tribus Tomis Distinctum (hereafter Explanationes). Lavishly illustrated, the books, which had benefited from king Philip II's generous patronage and protection since the late 1580s, contained close to 30 spectacular engravings, sometimes over a meter long or 75 cm high (figures 1–2).

Comments

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Word and Imag: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 2008, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02666286.2008.10406266.