Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas

Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas Facsimile Edition

Genoa (Italy) — Ca. 1550

Commissioned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany from the pupil of the great Battista Agnese: spectacular watercolors presenting the state of European cartography in the mid-16th century

  1. A grand atlas commissioned ca. 1550 by Francesco I de' Medici (1541–1587), Grand Duke of Tuscany

  2. It is the work of Francesco Ghisolfo, a pupil of the famous cartographer Battista Agnese (ca. 1500–64)

  3. Also included are an armillary sphere and a depiction of the universe according to the Ptolemaic model

Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas

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Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas

The Age of Exploration was made possible by and also spurred numerous advances in navigation and cartography. This spectacular atlas from the mid–16th century reflects the contemporary state of geographic knowledge, the skill of the cartographer, and the refined taste of the wealthy patron – Francesco I de' Medici.

Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas

These five spectacular, detailed cartographic watercolors, originate from a commission of Francesco I de' Medici (1541–1587), Grand Duke of Tuscany from ca. 1550. It reflects the contemporary state of European geographical knowledge, depicting routes to the New World, the East, and the Mediterranean. Also included are an armillary sphere and a depiction of the universe according to the Ptolemaic model, with the globe surrounded by the spheres of the planets and the signs of the zodiac. All are the work of Francesco Ghisolfo, a pupil of the famous cartographer Battista Agnese (ca. 1500–64) in the employ of sovereigns across Europe and the Medici in this particular instance. He worked in a time when the Age of Exploration spurred popular interest in beautifully rendered maps. This was especially true of the powerful men of the day who equated ownership of such a map with the ability to conquer the territory depicted therein. Such maps were more decorative than practical, meant to be demonstrations of wealth and sophistication, but which possessed a great degree of detail as well. The precise cartographic depictions of this Genoese atlas are rendered in bright colors and are further adorned with gold leaf.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Gli Atlanti Nautici di Francesco Ghisolfo
Der Seeatlas des Francesco Ghisolfo
Origin
Italy
Date
Ca. 1550
Illustrations
5 watercolored plates with depictions of the armillary sphere, planispheres, the globe, the zodiac and nautical charts
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Francesco Ghisolfo Nautical Atlas – Ricc. 3615 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy) Facsimile Edition
Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato – Rome, 2008
Limited Edition: 750 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Gli Atlanti Nautici di Francesco Ghisolfo

Publisher: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato – Rome, 2008
Limited Edition: 750 copies
Binding: The facsimile of Ricc. 3615 is bound in red morocco leather with architectural and ornamental gold embossing, while the facsimile of Ricc. 3616 is bound in yellow morocco leather with gold embossing.
Commentary: 1 volume by Giovanna Lazzi
Language: Italian
2 volumes: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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