NYPOORT, Justus van den
(b. ca. 1625, Utrecht, d. after 1692)

The Castle of Éleskő

National Széchényi Library, Budapest

In 1686 a geometry textbook by Burckhard von Birkenstein, colonel of military engineers in Győr Castle, was published with over a hundred engravings by van den Nypoort. The geometric figures were decorated views of castles, palaces, and cities in Hungary, supplemented with genre scenes. The roughly one hundred sheets of small-sized genre pieces featuring a few figures, which presented the contemporary world of Hungary liberated from the Turks, were also in general portrayed in the foreground of views of castles.

The present engraving from the book of von Birkenstein shows the Castle of Éleskő (now Ostry Kamen in Slovakia).

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