View of the Roman Colosseum



Hieronymus Cock, Flemish, 1518 - 1570


View of the Roman Colosseum






Page: 15 1/4 x 12 in. (38.7 x 30.5 cm)
Mat: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Sheet: 12 x 15 3/8 in. (30.5 x 39.1 cm)
Image: 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. (23.5 x 32.4 cm)

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Cock is thought to have visited Rome in the late 1540s and made the preparatory drawings for his series Views of Roman Ruins that he published in his native Antwerp in 1551. The popularity of prints of the monuments of the city by local Roman artists must have inspired him in this enterprise. His depiction of the Colosseum has been described as more quaint than archaeologically precise. The abbreviated Latin inscription on this etching can be translated as, "View I of the Roman Colosseum, Destroyed by the Barbarians". It was not the barbarians, however, who destroyed it, but rather Rome's inhabitants who had treated the Colosseum as a quarry, carrying off its materials for re-use in churches and palazzos, especially after the southern outer wall fell in an earthquake in the fourteenth century.
From the series "Praecipua Aliquot Romanae Antiquitatis Ruinarum Monimenta"

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Invention and Revival: Northern European Prints, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 12 - May 15, 2005|
Discovering Rome: Maps and Monuments of the Eternal City, Michael C. Carlos Museum, September 16, 2006 - January 14, 2007|
Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, Michael C. Carlos Museum, August 24 - November 17, 2013
MCCM Newsletter, March - May, 2004.|
Sarah McPhee, et al., Antichita, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2013), 56 (checklist only).


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Hieronymus Cock, Flemish, 1518 - 1570, “View of the Roman Colosseum,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed October 23, 2018,

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