Map Of The World by Willem Janszoon Blaeu



Title

Map Of The World

Artist

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

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Type Fine Art Print
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Description  
One of the most famous and sought-after maps; ‘celebrated as one of the supreme examples of the map maker’s art…’ (Shirley). Although engraved and first published, as a separate sheet, in 1606, and as such very rarely found, the map remained in use in Blaeu atlases from 1630 to 1658, with only minor alterations. The map gives an up-to-date account of cartographical knowledge at the commencement of the seventeenth century but the engraving, by Joshua Van Den Ende, is renowned for the surrounding border decoration. Elaborate pictorial panels at each side depict allegorical illustrations of the four elements and the four seasons. Along the top, seven classical gods are shown, and below, the seven wonders of the ancient world.