1502 The Charter of Cantino, world map (facsimile)

Cantino Charter is unanimously regarded as the most beautiful world map of the early Renaissance. In it the recent discovery of America plasma. It was lit in Portugal in 1502, shortly after the voyages of Columbus and Vespucci, six rolls combined for a total of 220 x 105 cm.

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Cantino Charter is unanimously regarded as the most beautiful world map of the early Renaissance. In it the recent discovery of America plasma. It was lit in Portugal in 1502, shortly after the voyages of Columbus and Vespucci, six rolls combined for a total of 105 x 220 cm. It was commissioned probably by Ambassador Alberto Cantino to document the Duke Ercole I of Ferrara’s new world size and strategic importance of the great geographical discoveries. The map shows, in fact, the Caribbean and the Brazilian coast (which is the oldest representation of the New World conserved in Italy), separated by a line, the boundary of the Portuguese possessions of the Spanish.

Despite being one of the first works to represent the new world map, it is not free from the tradition of Ptolemy, as the Charter of Cantino stays true to some of the stereotypes, even after Columbus, trying to identify the way Man, like the Tower of Babel, the kingdom of Prester John or the Garden of Eden. Despite their identification as navigation chart it is rather a representation of the known world in the service of contemplation and study.

Charter Cantino, nautical charts with new coasts and islands of the Indies, the original dates from 1502 and is preserved in the Estense Library of Modena (Italy), has been reproduced facsimilarmente, even with their golds in an exclusive edition presented in a box case 110 x 17 x 18 cm, including facsimile rolled over a book study (in Italian) and the certificate of registration of the edition, numbered and limited to 750 copies. Work done in 2004.

World map measures: 222 x 104.50 cm approx. It is impressive once extended. We recommend framing in the wall between crystals or cover a table with thick glass.

Study book format: 17 x 24 cm, 128 pages, bound paperback with full color cover. Texts in Italian.

The case, though elegant and recorded with gold letters, has not been made for frequent handling but for conservation work and transport.

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La Carta de Cantino

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