Jerusalem as Imagined by Jakob Zeller


This imaginary picture of the heavenly city of Jerusalem is from the collection of cityscapes and broadsheets that once belonged to the Swedish statesman Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie (1622-86). ‏This depiction of the city incorporates elements of the artwork found in the Regensburg Cathedral in Germany. The note in the lower-left corner states: “This work was made by Master Jakob Zeller, well-known resident of Regensburg; he made it with his own hand. It is called Jerusalem.” Zeller (1581−1620) was best known as a carver of extremely detailed ivory decorative works. The Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie collection consists of 187 engravings from the late 1500s and early 1600s. The prints originally were bound, ordered, and assigned a number. The early provenance of the collection is uncertain. After perusing the correspondence of King Gustav II Adolf and the Dutch philologist and diplomat Johannes Rutgersius, the former national librarian of Sweden E.W. Dahlgren conjectured that the pictures were ordered by the king and purchased by Rutgersius. The collection later was incorporated into the library of Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, then deposited in the Archive of Antiquities at the end of the 17th century, only to be transferred to the Royal Library in 1780. An exhaustive catalog of the collection was published by Isak Collijn in 1915, Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie’s samling af äldre stadsvyer och historiska planscher i Kungl. Biblioteket. Dahlgren provides an account of the early provenance of the collection in his article, “Miscellanea” in Nordisk tidskrift för bok- och biblioteksväsen (1920).

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Dieʃes werckh iʃt mayʃte Jacob Zeller Drerlez wonhafft zu regenʃpúrg wolbekandt, er hats gemacht mit aignez handt Jeruʃalem ist ʃie genanndt

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1 woodcut ; 56 x 39 centimeters


  • Shelfmark: KoB DelaG 9

Last updated: February 3, 2015