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Articulum

Jul 25 '14

magictransistor:

Andreas Cellarius, Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica (Celestial Charts), 1660 - 1708.

Jul 1 '14
lacalaveracatrina:

Roman floor mosaic depicting the Romulus and Remus myth. Discovered at Aldborough.

lacalaveracatrina:

Roman floor mosaic depicting the Romulus and Remus myth. Discovered at Aldborough.

(Source: a-woeful-ballad)

Mar 26 '14
biblipeacay:

'Tabula Anemogra Phica' 1650s  by Jan Jansson[Compass of the Winds]
via Europeana

biblipeacay:

'Tabula Anemogra Phica'
 1650s
 by Jan Jansson
[Compass of the Winds]

via Europeana

Mar 26 '14
Mar 2 '13
Giovanni Bellini, Madonna Greca, ca. 1460-70. The Venetian Renaissance version of Greek iconography.
Bellini inserts human attributes into the appearance of the Madonna and Child. Mood and posture don’t connect with the viewer, and there is a general sadness; Mary knew the fate of her child.

Giovanni Bellini, Madonna Greca, ca. 1460-70. The Venetian Renaissance version of Greek iconography.

Bellini inserts human attributes into the appearance of the Madonna and Child. Mood and posture don’t connect with the viewer, and there is a general sadness; Mary knew the fate of her child.

Mar 2 '13
Virgin and Child (Vladimir Virgin), icon, ca. 1200. “Eleousa” type of icon. 

Virgin and Child (Vladimir Virgin), icon, ca. 1200. “Eleousa” type of icon. 

Mar 2 '13
“This ‘atlas’ was the work of a family of Catalonian Jews who worked in Majorca at the end of the 14th century and was commissioned by Charles V of France at a time when the reputation of the Catalan chartmakers was at its peak.  King Charles requested this map from Peter of Aragon, patron of the best Majorcan mapmaker of the time: Abraham Cresques.  The ‘atlas’ that resulted has subsequently been called ‘the most complete picture of geographical knowledge as it stood in the later Middle Ages.’ 
The title of the Atlas shows clearly the spirit in which it was executed and its content:Mappamundi, that is to say, image of the world and of the regions which are on the earth and of the various kinds of peoples which inhabit it.  A major impetus to the advancement of exploration in western Europe during the later Middle Ages came through the evolution and use of the nautical chart or portolano.  Designed to assist mariners find their way at sea, it served a practical purpose akin to that of the future road map, but it answered this purpose by depicting not the route itself, but detailed coastlines and hazards to shipping.  The Catalan Atlas is actually a world map built up around aportolan chart, thus combining aspects of the nautical chart by employing loxodromes and coastal detail with the medieval mappaemundi exemplified by its legends and illustrations.  The result is that the Atlas represents a transitionary step towards the world maps developed later during the Renaissance, especially by its extensive application of contemporary geographical knowledge and ambitious scope. - Geographer at Large

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“This ‘atlas’ was the work of a family of Catalonian Jews who worked in Majorca at the end of the 14th century and was commissioned by Charles V of France at a time when the reputation of the Catalan chartmakers was at its peak.  King Charles requested this map from Peter of Aragon, patron of the best Majorcan mapmaker of the time: Abraham Cresques.  The ‘atlas’ that resulted has subsequently been called ‘the most complete picture of geographical knowledge as it stood in the later Middle Ages.’ 
The title of the Atlas shows clearly the spirit in which it was executed and its content:Mappamundi, that is to say, image of the world and of the regions which are on the earth and of the various kinds of peoples which inhabit it.  A major impetus to the advancement of exploration in western Europe during the later Middle Ages came through the evolution and use of the nautical chart or portolano.  Designed to assist mariners find their way at sea, it served a practical purpose akin to that of the future road map, but it answered this purpose by depicting not the route itself, but detailed coastlines and hazards to shipping.  The Catalan Atlas is actually a world map built up around aportolan chart, thus combining aspects of the nautical chart by employing loxodromes and coastal detail with the medieval mappaemundi exemplified by its legends and illustrations.  The result is that the Atlas represents a transitionary step towards the world maps developed later during the Renaissance, especially by its extensive application of contemporary geographical knowledge and ambitious scope. - Geographer at Large
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Mar 2 '13
Late 15th century map done according to Ptolemy’s instructions.
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Late 15th century map done according to Ptolemy’s instructions.

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Mar 2 '13
Muhammad al-Idrisi, Ptolemaic World Map, 1154. 

Muhammad al-Idrisi, Ptolemaic World Map, 1154. 

Mar 2 '13
Albino de Canepa, portolan chart, 1489.

Albino de Canepa, portolan chart, 1489.