"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
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.
Trimmed from a folio sheet and seamlessly remargined at top.