Unlike most of the mapmakers whose works are reproduced here, Cornelis de Bruyn (1652-1726) was first and foremost an artist. A pupil of the best Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, de Bruyn sought, quite literally, to bring a different perspective to his representation of Jerusalem. In his travel diary, he reports the great lengths to which he went on November 3-6 of 1682 to:
sketch the city, but not from the place of Christ's lamentations, because all the others who had painted there before me always portrayed it from this direction. I therefore, proceeded more to the south of the Mount [of Olives] so as to draw my picture of the town as much as possible from the south-east.
De Bruyn's panoramic view of the city is unlike any earlier likeness; it is almost photgraphic in its faithful capturing of the image of Jerusalem in the seventeenth century. Not surprisingly, the illustrated narratives of his expeditions were a great commercial success.