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Fondation Martin Bodmer
Cod. Bodmer 140
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Nautical charts of the Mediterranean Sea, attributed to Giovanni Cavallini or Pietro Cavallini (?)
Parchment · 2 ff. · 42.5 x 56.5 cm · Livorno (?) · second half of the 17th century
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These two illuminated maps probably were part of an atlas of nautical charts of the Mediterranean, also called Portolan. The first map is north-facing and shows a part of the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and of the Mediterranean on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar, between the Canary Islands and northern Italy. The second map is western-facing and shows the islands of the Aegean Sea between Crete (Candia) and Thessaloniki, Greece and Asia Minor, with Troy and Constantinople sketched in anachronistically. A scale for the latitudes on the first map, graduated distance scales near the margins, rhumb lines, and wind roses decorated with fleurs-de-lis accompany the red and black coastal toponyms written perpendicular to the coasts. Their very stylized arrangement emphasizes the headlands and estuaries, and the cartographer also depicted some rivers, albeit without great precision. In the interior and rather vaguely placed are miniature pictures of cities with banners, mountains, and trees. At sea, a few ships and a marine animal appear on both maps. The names of the regions are written on banners or in larger letters. The particular style of the design of the cities, the decorations, and the writing refers back to the work of Giovanni Battista Cavallini or his successor Pietro Cavallini, who worked in Livorno between 1636 and 1688. (vag)
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10.5076/e-codices-fmb-cb-0140 (
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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 140: Nautical charts of the Mediterranean Sea, attributed to Giovanni Cavallini or Pietro Cavallini (?) (
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17th century
Figurative, Full Page, Fully Painted
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