Paulus Decker


Epitomizing the German Baroque, Decker’s copperplate engravings were the fruition of his work as an architectural theorist. His seminal publication of 1711 –  Fürstlicher Baumeister, oder Architectura Civilis  – served to compile these engravings which were in some respects regarded as a typology of architecture, complete only with very brief accompanying text. This was a work of idealism, not intended to be actualised as architectural plans, but rather to serve as instruction and inspiration for the art of the opulent German Baroque.

Below are a few examples from this collection. Please click on an image to see it in high-resolution with details of the work itself. For the full list of original antique Decker engravings available, please do contact us.