Book Illustration, Die schönsten Ornamente und merkwürdigsten Gemälde aus Pompeji . . . (The most beautiful ornaments and most remarkable paintings from Pompeii . . .)
This is a book illustration.
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
Printed over one hundred years after Le Blon laid the foundations of the color printing process, Wilhelm Zahn’s book was nevertheless one of the first ornament pattern books created using color lithography, or chromolithography. Looking closely one can see pinhole registration marks used to align multiple plates when applying different colored inks. Zahn traveled to Italy in the 1820s, where he recorded the ornamental designs on wall paintings in Roman villas at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, N5771 .Z34 1828.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 61.5 × 73.5 cm (24 3/16 × 28 15/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.