Turin World Map

Turin World Map – Priuli & Verlucca, editori – Mss. Vari III 175 – Biblioteca Reale di Torino (Turin, Italy)

Seville (Spain) — 1523

Created according to the exact specifications of Amerigo Vespucci by his nephew Giovanni: one of the greatest and most beautiful cartographic masterpieces of the Renaissance

  1. The nephew of Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512) created one of the greatest cartographic works of the Renaissance

  2. Giovanni Vespucci, working in Turin, strictly followed Amerigo's cartographic findings

  3. Various regions of the Earth, bodies of water, and mountain ranges are depicted in distinct colors

Turin World Map

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Turin World Map

In the year 1523, the nephew of one of the greatest explorers of all time – Amerigo Vespucci – created a map that is counted among the most beautiful and realistic cartographic works of the Renaissance. The so-called Geocarta Nautica Universale is a map that was made strictly according to Amerigo Vespucci’s exploratory findings. The masterpiece gleams in seven colors and is furnished with decorative elements of precious gold leaf.

Turin World Map

Amerigo Vespucci was a merchant, seafarer, navigator, and one of the most important explorers to have ever lived. He explored the distant regions of the east coast of South America during his voyages. The dual continents of America owe their name to him. The map at hand is a planisphere from Turin, which was made in 1523 according to the great explorer’s findings. The masterpiece is recorded in seven different colors and boasts precious gold leaf ornamentation.

What is a Planisphere?

The central projection of the celestial sphere on a single plane is called a planisphere, so it is actually a star map. The Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Nicaea discovered that a conformal mapping of the heavens was possible with stereographic projection, which would, however, exhibit ever great spatial errors with increasing distance from the pole. Consequently, an idea of a planisphere already existed in antiquity. The correct construction of a planisphere was described in a work by Ptolemy. In the Middle Ages, however, also world maps were designated with this title, which did not record any constellations, but represented the geography of the globe two-dimensionally.

Precious Materials

The Geocarta Nautica Universale was manufactured in Turin by Giovanni Vespucci – Amerigo’s nephew – and his colleague Juan Diaz de Solis. Both artists strictly adhered to Amerigo’s notes in their preparation of the masterpiece. They used parchment and painted the various regions of the Earth, bodies of water and mountain ranges in distinctly high-quality colors. When closed, the map takes the form of a scroll. Its precious gold leaf adornment lends the work an especially noble touch. The planisphere is a uniquely magnificent masterpiece of Renaissance cartography.


Alternative Titles
Il planisfero di Torino
Planisphäre aus Turin von Amerigo Vespucci
Vespucci. Geocarta Nautica Universale
Geocarta Nautica Universale di Vespucci
Geocarta Nautica Universale by Giovanni Vespucci
Geocarta nautica universale
Size / Format
6 maps / 261.5 × 112.2 cm
An artful and accurate map of the world created by either Giovanni Vespucci or Nuño García de Toreno
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Turin World Map – Priuli & Verlucca, editori – Mss. Vari III 175 – Biblioteca Reale di Torino (Turin, Italy)
Priuli & Verlucca, editori – Scarmagno, 2010
Limited Edition: 749 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 1523 - Vespucci. Geocarta Nautica Universale

Priuli & Verlucca, editori – Scarmagno, 2010

Publisher: Priuli & Verlucca, editori – Scarmagno, 2010
Limited Edition: 749 copies
Binding: Rolled map on gray canvas in handmade box
Commentary: 1 volume by Corradino Astengo
Languages: English, Italian
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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