Agostino Ramelli is shown enacting his role as military engineer: he rests his left hand on a helmet and uses his right to measure a model fortification with a compass. The portrait is set within an elaborate and fashionable frame featuring personifications of war and victory, and antique and grotesque ornamental details. At the top of the frame, between Ramelli and the victorious Bellona, are polyhedra and measuring instruments, further indications of the engineer's profession.
Inscribed text: AUGUSTINUS DE RAMELLIS DE MASANZANA. AETATIS SUAE ANNO. LVII. (Agostino Ramelli of Mesenzana, Age 57)
This frontispiece portrait is a facsimile reproduction, hence the lower quality of the image.
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