Thursday, February 19, 2009
Abraham Ortelius, in Parergon, Antwerp, 1595
Osher Collection, University of Southern Maine
This map depicts the entire peninsula of ancient Italy, with a detailed portrayal of topographic features such as coastlines, rivers, lakes and mountains. Political subdivisions are named, and cities are indicated by red symbols in the form of buildings or groups of buildings, the size of the symbol being proportional to the size of the city. A decorative cartouche at the lower center contains imagery from Italian history and mythology.