The Civitates Orbis Terrarum was the first atlas of world cities and one of the most important books published in the late 16th century; it was the first serious attempt to give graphic representations of the main cities of the World with a wealth of factual detail.The artwork here is amongst the four visuals used to depict Old Goa, where the importance of waterways is stressed by the careful delineation of stone bridges, wooden pontoons, flat-bottomed ferries, moles, wharves and jetties; the ports with ocean-going craft, the inland waters with river traffic. Small vignettes illustrate the trade, occupations and habits of the locality, agriculture, papermaking and textiles. The primary aim of the book was not to produce well-balanced landscapes, but to give as much information as possible in a pleasing visual form, hence this visual tapestry and multiplication of detail. An Art and History lover is sure to be mesmerized by the story this frame has to tell.
Single Frame Medium: 37"W x 15"H