Portolan chart by Salvat de Pilestrina

Portolan chart by Salvat de Pilestrina Facsimile Edition

Majorca (Spain) — 1533

The Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of the Iberian Peninsula and Africa: a beautiful nautical chart from one of the main figures of 16th century Mallorcan cartography

  1. Salvat de Pilestrina (1502–33) was a Spanish cartographer active in the Majorcan school of the Balearic Islands

  2. This gorgeous portolan chart from 1533 depicts the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Iberia and Africa

  3. Artful vignettes of the most important sea ports like Genoa and Venice illustrate the brightly designed maps

Portolan chart by Salvat de Pilestrina

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Description
Portolan chart by Salvat de Pilestrina

This exquisite specimen of a 16th century portolan chart originated from the famous Majorcan school of cartography. Salvat de Pilestrina completed the map in 1533 and designed it not only as a nautical aid, but also as a wonderful example of his great mastery. The coasts of the western and central Mediterranean as well as the Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic are depicted here in detail.

Portolan Chart by Salvat de Pilestrina

Silvat de Pilestrina (1502–33), whose name was changed by the Italians to Salvatore de Pilestrina, was a Spanish cartographer from the famous Majorcan school, which enjoyed its heyday in the 14th century but nonetheless produced true masterpieces of cartography over the following centuries. Renowned workshops and cartographers with great names like Creques, Olives, and et al. worked in Mallorca or came from there. Active on the Balearic islands at the beginning of the 16th century, Salvat de Pilestrina soon made a name for himself as one of the primary figures of 16th century Majorcan cartography.

From Spain to Africa via Italy

The portolan chart by Salvat Pilestrina in the Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo is an impressive testimonial of his art. Originating in 1533, it is a gorgeous map of the central and western Mediterranean to the Atlantic coasts of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. With its impressive measurements of 54 x 36 cm, it was both outstandingly suitable as a nautical aid as well as a great masterpiece of tremendous artistic and historic value.

The Artistic Design

A Marian motif is affixed above the cartographic depiction – or at its western end: the depiction of the Madonna with child as the guardian of seafarers. Artful vignettes of the most important sea ports like Genoa and Venice illustrate the brightly designed maps, which are furnished some colorful wind roses both large and small. There are numerous small labels closely strung together along the coasts and colorful escutcheons from various lands that denote the allegiance of certain regions.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Carta Portulana de Salvat de Pilestrina
Portolan-Karte von Salvat de Pilestrina
Carta Nàutica de la Mediterrània Occidental i Central i de la Costa Atlàntica de la Península Ibèrica i del Nord d'Àfrica
Size / Format
1 map / 35.0 × 55.0 cm
Origin
Spain
Date
1533
Language
Content
Navigational map of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Coast of the Iberian Peninsula
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Portolan chart by Salvat de Pilestrina – Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo, Spain) Facsimile Edition
Millennium Liber – Madrid
Limited Edition: 995 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Carta Portulana de Salvat de Pilestrina

Millennium Liber – Madrid

Publisher: Millennium Liber – Madrid
Limited Edition: 995 copies
1 volume: 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.
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