Mapmaker: Giovambattista Albrizzi (1698-1777),
Size: 295mm x 395mm, Copper engraving, coloured.
Condition: In good condition, centre fold as issued.
Exquisitely decorated double-hemisphere world map based on Guilliaume de L’Isle’s Mappe Monde of 1700 by Giovambattista Albrizzi, publisher, patron, collector and one of the great figures of eighteenth-century Venetian intellectual and cultural life. Although Venice had been the centre of the European map trade during the sixteenth century, its importance was greatly diminished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as Dutch and German publishers became increasingly dominant.
The extravagant artwork surrounding the centre map was designed by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and comprises allegorical figures of the four continents in each corner surrounded by scenes depicting examples of their animal life and inhabitants. The map is further embellished with a large framed armillary sphere at the top and an elaborate rococo title cartouch. Framed.
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