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Old, antique map - Bird's-eye view and plan of Verona by Braun and Hogenberg

Item number:24064
Category:Antique maps > europe > Italy - Cities
Price: 660 Euro ($772.2 / £587.4)
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Magnifica Illa Civitas Verona [on sheet with] Colonia Augusta Verona Nova Galieniana Verona, Celeberrima, Amplissimaque Cenomanorum Urbs, Ptolemaeo - Braun & Hogenberg, 1599.


Old map - Bird's-eye view and plan of Verona by Braun and Hogenberg. Key to locations.

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE BOTTOM RIGHT: Verona, most famous and most important city of the Cenomani according to Ptolemy, of the Euganei according to Pliny; Dietrich's Bern to the Germans.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "It has many ancient monuments, including a round theatre that is called the Arena; it stands on the cattle market and is a wonderful and very large structure, which despite its age has not fallen half into ruins or been destroyed by the attacks of foreign peoples, but has survived intact to an extent rarely found in Italy or anywhere else in Europe. In order that those who have never seen the like may better understand the width of his unbelievably large arena, I would like to quote further from Torelli's second volume: it has been determined that 23,184 people can be comfortably seated on the tiered steps of the theatre."

Verona is illustrated twice on the same page. The upper view shows the city from a slight elevation from the north, looking across the Adige, while the bird's-eye perspective below offers a plan view of the city from the south. The upper prospect emphasizes the Castel San Pietro (3, left), expanded by the Visconti in the 15th century, and the city's many family and defensive towers. The lower illustration includes a detailed view of the amphitheatre, built around the same time as the Coliseum in Rome (c. AD 50). This Arena, which holds some 22,000 people, is today the venue for the annual Verona Opera Festival. The city became a Roman colony in 89 BC and in AD 489 the residence of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogots, who inspired the figure of Dietrich von Bern (Bern signifying "Verona") in German legend. For many Verona is renowned as the fictional setting of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet . (Taschen)

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1599

Copper engraving
Size: 36 x 47cm (14 x 18.3 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 4659, State 1; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.256.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Köln, Bertram Buchholtz, 1599. (Koeman, B&H3)

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