Delsenbach, Johann Adam: Nürnbergische Prospecten

Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg


Born in Nuremberg, Johann Adam Delsenbach (1687-1765) was educated at the renowned Nuremberg art school, founded in 1662 at the instigation of Joachim von Sandrart (1606-1688).

Delsenbach began to work on his monumental work "Nürnbergische Prospecten", published in three parts in 1715, 1716 and 1725, after his first stay of several years in the imperial city of Vienna, where he worked as an engraver for Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach's (1656-1723) architectural history "Entwurff, Einer Historischen Architectur ...".

This suite of 113 individual leaves captures the cityscape in a late Baroque, representative style and is an eminently important source for Nuremberg's architectural and urban history research. A comparably successful synthesis of artistic claim and the quest for an exact depiction of reality cannot be found by any other engraver of Nuremberg's veduta series, in addition to such a large number of engravings. Each of the detailed engravings refined with the etching needle to create atmosphere, provides a topographically and perspectively precise snapshot of the selected motifs inside and outside the city walls.

Additional local colour and a moody eloquence lend the figurative scenes integrated into the cityscapes a touch of urban everyday life.

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