Catalog Archive
Auction 113, Lot 624

"Florentia urbs est insignis Hetruariae, olim Fluentia dicta…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Italy - Florence

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

19 x 6 inches
48.3 x 15.2 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

Panoramic view of the Tuscan city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The enlarged city, expanded with a third circumvallation in 1284, is shown along with the surrounding countryside with its verdant rolling hills. In the foreground is a farmer and a couple. Braun's motive for adding figures to his city plans, as stated in his introduction, were to discourage the military use of the plans by the Turks because he believed that their religion forbade them from looking on representations of the human form. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Cities) #22.

Condition: B

Trimmed from a folio sheet and seamlessly remargined at top.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/7/2005