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Map of the Atlantic Ocean by François Ollive, 1662

Au coeur des cartes

Titre Série

Au coeur des cartes

Numéro de notice

6870

Durée

00:04:48

Année de production

2019

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Sonore

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FERLITA Céline

Résumé

This ornamental nautical chart, also called portolan, dated 1662, was produced by François Ollive's workshop in Marseilles. Enclosed in a trompe l'oeil frame and illustrated with numerous coats of arms, city views, naval battle scenes, sea monsters and sirens, it was not intended for use at sea, but to serve as a ceremonial document for wealthy merchants. Numerous ornaments on the southern shores of the Mediterranean highlighted the geopolitical and commercial importance of this region for Marseilles seaport.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE A 850 RES
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