Bressia vulgo Bresse. [colored by Van Santen]
$1200 / ≈ €1043
The map has been colored and heightened with gold by the celebrated Dutch master colorist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708), whose manner is signified by rich and exotic color combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry (found here).
Goedings : "Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colors at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into color.
He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the color, frequently making use of the same color progression."
Atlases and books colored by van Santen are found in the libraries of the most prominent collectors of the golden age of Dutch cartography ". Bibles and atlases, bound in deluxe bindings by Albert Magnus (1642-1689) and decorated by van Santen were considered gifts worthy of princes. Travelers and poets wrote about this work" (Goedings).
More about Dirk Jansz van Santen
Each town spot is heightened with a gold dot, the title and border lines are also gold highlighted. No text on verso. Probably originating from a special made to order atlas.
The map is in a strictly contemporary coloring and of the highest level. More about "coloring of antique maps [+]
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