Early plan of Cremona

By CAMPI, Antonio, 1583 

Hanc Urbis Cremona. Speciem Antonius Campus Pictor et Eques Cremonen.

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  • Author: CAMPI, Antonio
  • Publication place: Cremona
  • Publisher: David de Laude
  • Publication date: 1583.
  • Physical description: Engraved map on three sheets joined.
  • Dimensions: 475 by 875mm. (18.75 by 34.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 16383


Antonio Campi (1525–1587) was a painter, architect and surveyor from Cremona. He is recorded as making a map of the Territory of Cremona in 1571, later used as a source by Abraham Ortelius; he later made a second map of the region, published in 1583, and in 1585 published his Cremona fedelissima Citta et nobilissima colonia de Romani rappresentata in disegno con suo contado…’, which contained a map of the area. In parallel, Campi published this large plan of Cremona, engraved by David de Laude, who proudly proclaimed himself a Jew.

The plan represents the urban centre during a period of economic prosperity: The Treaty of Noyon, signed in 1513, assigned Cremona to Spain and the new rulers had implemented their control by 1524. During the period of Spanish rule, the city underwent general building improvements and expansion. Campi’s plan clearly shows an intricate network of roads lined with buildings, important constructions set in their own squares, and the city walls, a key defensive feature for a city located between the Duchies of Milan and Venice.