One of the most visually arresting maps of the world
By CIMERLINO, Giovanni, 1566
Cosmographia universalis ab Orontino olim descripta.
- Author: CIMERLINO, Giovanni
- Publication place: Verona or Venice
- Publisher: Joannes Paulus Cimerlinus Veronesis in aes incidebat
- Publication date: Anno 1566.
- Physical description: Engraved map printed on two sheets, joined. At the upper left a decoration with a seated angel, holding a shield bearing the engraver’s signature. The shield in the hands of a corresponding angel at the upper right has a simple shading. At the lower left a scene with putti and a broken column bearing a dedication to Henry Fitzalan, twelfth Earl of Arundel. His coat of arms appears on the base of the corresponding column at the lower right. The map itself is surrounded by a scrollwork frame, including the map title and the four cardinals in Latin on flying banderoles. The four corners of the plate are filled with allegorical figures. A very fine impression with unusually large margins.
- Dimensions: 490 by 590mm. (19.25 by 23.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2390
Although Cimerlino was a Veronese artist, it has been argued that the map was most likely published in Venice due to the paper and ink used. Biographical information on Cimmerlino is scarce. The few signed works from his hands — among which there is no other map — are all dated between 1566 and 1570.
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