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Nautical Atlas of the World, aka Atlas Miller by Lopo Homen, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and Antonio de Holanda, 1519

Reference

6866

Duration

00:04:11

Production year

2019

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HD
16/9
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Director(s)

Céline FERLITA

Summary

The Miller Atlas, named after its former owner, is a collection of nautical charts completed in 1519. Commissioned by the King of Portugal Manuel I, it is a masterpiece of Portuguese cartography resulting from the collaboration of several cartographers and artists: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and the illuminator Antonio de Holanda. It was intended to show the power and expanse of the Portuguese Empire, which extended from Brazil to Indonesia. This portolan opens onto a world map centred on the Portuguese hemisphere as delimited in 1494 by the Treaty of Tordesillas. The subsequent regional maps cover the entire known world at the time, except for Africa, the map of which went missing.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark numbers GE D-26179 (RES), GE DD-683 (2-5 RES), GE AA-640 (RES)
View this document in the digital Gallica library:
World map: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002620g
Europe and Azores: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002604f
Indian Ocean, Madagascar and Insulindia: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002605w
Magnus sinus and Moluccas: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002606b
Brazil: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002607s

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