The world ca. 1450: a masterpiece from the Catalan school of cartography as proof of the highest level of craftsmanship

Estense World Map

Circa 1450

Estense World Map

Estense World Map

— Circa 1450

  1. Originating ca. 1450, it is considered to be a masterpiece of the Catalonian school of cartography

  2. An anonymous draftsman combines cartographic knowledge with his own fantastical visions of the world

  3. This specimen does not appear to have been produced for use at sea, but rather as a display of skill

Estense World Map

Alternative Titles:
  • Mapamundi Catalán
  • Mapamundi Catalán Estense
  • Mappamondo Estense
  • Mappemonde Catalane
  • Katalanische Weltkarte
  • Mapa-múndi Catalão
  • Estense-Weltkarte
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The Estense World Map arose ca. 1450 and was made by an anonymous draftsman of the Catalonian school of cartography. The cartographer mixed actual empirical findings with his own fantastical visions of the world. The magnificent map is found today in the Biblioteca Estense in the Italian city of Modena.

Estense World Map

The area of Catalonia-Valencia-Mallorca formed the economic and cultural center of 14th century Spain. Education, art, and all types of scholarship were found there. The cartography schools of that region produced some world maps, which form the basis of our modern geographic knowledge. The Estense World Map is counted among the masterpieces of the Catalonian school. This world map was most likely not used for sea voyages, but rather to evidence the refined technical skill of the draftsman, whose vision of the Earth reached out from the Mediterranean into unknown regions.

On the Tracks of Marco Polo

The unknown draftsman of the Catalonian world map made his work with the aid of empirical data of the Mediterranean region, which he knew best. For the depiction of unknown regions he relied on literary sources and logically implemented these. His representation of China was clearly influenced by tales of the famous explorer and world traveler Marco Polo. The map additionally reflected the religious sentiments of the draftsman. The heavenly paradise is depicted in the region of Africa on the circular map.

Fantastic Imagination

In his map, the cartographer added real scientific facts alongside a few curiosities, which indicate his boundless fantasy and compositional delight. The depiction of Africa does not show the actual form of the region. It is formed in a series of portraits, which show conquerors, kings, and sultans with animal countenances. In the master’s conception, the laws of God and nature were suspended outside of Europe. The cartographic treasure is found today in the Bibliotece Estense in Italy.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Mapamundi Catalán
Mapamundi Catalán Estense
Mappamondo Estense
Mappemonde Catalane
Katalanische Weltkarte
Mapa-múndi Catalão
Estense-Weltkarte
Size / Format
1 map / Diameter: 113.0 cm
Date
Circa 1450
Artist / School
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Estense World Map“

Mapamundi Catalán
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
Estense World Map – C.G.A.1 – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
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Mapamundi Catalán

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
M. Moleiro Editor – Barcelona, 1996
Limited Edition
987 copies
Binding
Protective case
Commentary
1 volume (216 pages) by Ernesto Milano, Joan Veny and Annalisa Battini
Language: Spanish
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