FISCHER VON ERLACH, Johann Bernhard
(b. 1656, Graz, d. 1723, Wien)

Engraving from Entwurff einer historischen Architektur

1721
Engraving
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna

Fischer von Erlach's book is a folio of engravings showing the roots of modern architecture. For Fischer, examples of exotic architecture like the pyramids of Egypt were just as important as the visual representation and depiction of Deinocrates' works as recorded in Vitruvius.

The picture shows two vases and a summer residence (plate 10, vol. V). The façade is a subtle design with a concave ground floor front, surmounted by a graceful but convex central elevation behind a parapet with statues.