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BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F. - Gandauum, Amplissima Flandriae Urbs. (Ghent)

BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F. - Gandauum, Amplissima Flandriae Urbs. (Ghent)
Gandauum, Amplissima Flandriae Urbs. (Ghent) - BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F.
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Title : Gandauum, Amplissima Flandriae Urbs. (Ghent).
Map maker : BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F..
Date : Cologne, 1572.
Size : 13.0 x 18.7 inches. / 33.0 x 47.6 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :One of the earliest plans of the third largest city in Belgium, situated at the confluence of the Schelde and Leie rivers. A numbered key identifies the city’s many landmarks, including the cathedral of Saint Bavo, the church of Saint Nicholas, and the famous Belfry of Ghent. This plan appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatis Orbis Terrarum, the first printed atlas of city plans and views.
From the greatest publication in this genre!. The plates from Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg's landmark Civitates Orbis Terrarum are the most valuable source for the study of Renaissance urban topography, and among the most evocative bird’s-eye town-view ever published.
For the first time, the Civitates provided an extensive series of town views with the goal of rendering them in an accurate and meaningful way. Earlier collections of town views were far more limited in scope, and often made no real attempt to render cities with any degree of fidelity.
These works were more often an attempt to show that cities existed than to illustrate the form they took, and they normally contained no more than a handful of views. The Civitates, by contrast, included hundreds of views, many showing smaller towns for which no earlier topographical studies are known.
Even for the larger, important cities, such as Paris, the Civitates was of the utmost importance in tracing the history of their topography.
This massive collection was conceived to serve as a sort of companion work to the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas, published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp beginning in 1570 (indeed, Hogenberg had first-hand knowledge of that impressive and influential work, having been commissioned by Ortelius to engrave many of the plates for the maps it included).
The text for the Civitates was compiled and written by Braun, the Canon of Cologne Cathedral, and a total of five hundred views were eventually included. The majority of the engraving was completed by Hogenberg and Simon Novellanus, many after drawings by Joris Hoefnagel, a talented topographical artist. For the Civitates, drawings and plans were solicited from the best artists and mapmakers from all over Europe.
As a result, it took over forty years to collect the hundreds of plans contained in the folio volumes that form the complete work. The artistic merit of this particular plate is extremely high, and it reflects many of the same high standards of quality, in terms of colour, engraving, and decoration, that characterizes the maps of Ortelius.

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ID: 81838

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