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The Gulf of Venice

Trade and culture in the ancient cartography of the Adriatic

The cartographic path starts from the fascinating images of the first cards, almost unreal, with a barely sketched Italy, like a cartographic incunabulum. Examples can be found in the papers of the Tolemaic Italy of Muster (1541) and of Castaldo (1570). From these iconographic cues begins a very large and gradual process of representation that will lead, within a century, to images gradually more perfect and respectful of reality.

Inside the exhibition it will be possible to admire the splendid maps of the Venetian cartographer Coronelli, precious representations of Italy of the 16th and 17th centuries including the Sylvanus of 1511, the figurative Italy of Wischer and the one engraved on copper in London in 1626 by J. Speed, rare Scherer cards and a handwritten wind rose of 1477. Retracing the routes and itineraries along the path traced by ancient maps, the charm of the unexplored, the unknown seduces the visitor with undeniable wonder.

The culture of a population, its history, its 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. From the earliest times, Greeks, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, went so far as the confines of the then known world, following insidious routes of navigation, looking for opulent treasures, fearless to accomplish great deeds, which would consecrate them in the Olympus of the immortals. In our hands, legendary maps, maps depicting mythical places ... Thus began the great adventure, the same that would have animated, over the centuries, our ancestors until the settlement in our lands.

The exhibition "The Gulf of Venice" presents itself as a useful instrument of deepening able to pervade the mind of visitors, in search of their origins; a cultural heritage to be preserved and safeguarded with the precise aim of keeping alive, as well as the historical memory, the geographical and topographical territory.

Exhibitions realized:

  • Venice September 2008
  • Ancona June 2009
  • Ortona   June 2012
  • Milano Marittima (RA) July 2015

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

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