Ancent cartography of Italy

An excursus of the Italian territory through original maps from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century

The exhibition offers an overview of the Italian territory over the centuries through prestigious and refined original geographical maps from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, from Gianni Brandozzi Collection. A journey through space and time in search of the roots of our territory, analyzing the changes in borders, toponyms and political geography. A section will be reserved for the prints of the great Risorgimento battles. It will be possible to admire the splendid works of the Venetian cartographer Coronelli, as well as precious representations of the 16th and 17th centuries including the paper of Augustus Sylvanus of 1511, the first two-color printed paper in woodcut, the figurative Italy of Wischer, Europe engraved in London in 1626 by J. Speed, rare seventeenth-century papers by Scherer, a handwritten wind rose of 1477 and the “Queen Europe” of Bounting from 1589, a very rare anthropomorphic paper representing Europe as the continent of monarchies Catholic. The work "The most illustrious cities in the world" by Francesco Valegio will also be on display, printed in Venice at the end of the 16th century, the most ancient collection of city views represented by live drawing. The symbol of the exhibition is the "Italian Panorama" of 1861, commissioned by Cavour to celebrate the birth of the new state; the card, very rare, is missing from the main Italian libraries. The culture of peoples, their history, evolution, reflected in a cartographic key, provides a vision of the experience of many different eras. Ports, boundaries, mysterious toponyms meticulously engraved by cartographers, burst into everyday life to restore their renewed interest. The exhibition of the Ancient Georgographic Maps of Italy thus becomes an important tool for further study, a sort of large magnifying glass that facilitates the reading of history and the search for the origins of Italy; a cultural heritage to be preserved and safeguarded with the precise aim of keeping the historical memory and the knowledge of the long process of unification of Italy always alive. The exhibition received in 2011 the patronage of the Italia 150 Committee of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on the occasion of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.

Exhibitions realized:

  • Turin October 2010
  • Verona November 2010
  • Mira (VE) March 2011
  • Roma – Vittoriano Complex April 2011
  • Chieti November 2011
  • Montreal April 2012
  • Madrid January 2011
  • Mexico City October 2011
  • Milan December 2011

The exhibition is available for temporary exhibitions in Italy and in Europe. For more information contact us