Antonio Lafreri

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Papal Benediction at Saint Peter, a 1555 engraving of Lafreri from Speculum Romanae magnificentiae

Antonio Lafreri, or Antoine Lafréry, also Antoine du Pérac Lafréry (Orgelet, 1512 ca. - Rome, 1577), was a French engraver, cartographer and publisher, active in Rome.


Born in Franche-Comté (France), Lafreri settled in Rome around 1540. His most important work is the so-called Atlases of Lafreri, published in Rome in 1570, one of the first organic collection of printed maps, having on its frontespice the figure of Atlas holding the earth.[1] Reproductions of the City of Naples (cit. Miradois Palace), dated 1566, are on display at the Museum of San Martino in Naples. For the Atlas he collaborated with the most important Italian cartographers of the time: Giacomo Gastaldi, Battista Agnese, Antonio Salamanca, Francesco Camocio the Younger, Donato Bertelli, Ferando Bertelli and Paolo Forlani.

In 1575 he finished the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, a collection of 200 engravings of Rome, organized in three volumes.

In 2014 the Bavarian State Library bought from a private collector the Atlases of Lafrery for 1.4 million euro.[2]


  1. ^ "Antonio Lafreri". (in Italian). Enciclopedia Italiana.
  2. ^ "The world in the 16th. The purchase of a Lafreri Atlas for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek". Retrieved 8 July 2015.

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