Contrafactur der Vornebster Stät der Welt

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Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Städteansichten - Contrafactur der Vornebster Stät der Welt

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Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Städteansichten - Contrafactur der Vornebster Stät der Welt

Type
Extent / Format

248 pages / 43.0 x 70.0 cm

Origin
Date
1574-1618
Style
Genre
Content

Selection of 90 cityscapes on 56 double pages of Civitates Orbis Terrarum by Braun and Hogenberg, the largest and most famous city atlas of the 16th century

Language
Artist / School

Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590), Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Illustrations

56 double-pages with 90 cityscapes

Short description

Between 1574 and 1618, the Cologne-based theologian Georg Braun (1541-1622) and the Flemish copperplate engraver Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590) published the six-volume work Civitatis Orbis Terrarum. The Contrafactur der Vornebster Stät der Welt is a selection of 90 cityscapes and maps from this impressive work, which set new standards and which served for a century as a template and rich source for other printed works. Franz Hohenberg still fascinates the modern beholder with his lavish and realistic representations that carry them off into the medieval cities of Europe, Africa, Asia, and even America.

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Contrafactur der Vornebster Stät der Welt

The Cologne-based theologian Georg Braun (1541-1622) and the Flemish copperplate engraver Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590) already published the six-volume work Civitatis Orbis Terrarum two generations before Matthäus Merian. Featuring over 600 cityscapes and maps, it was trendsetting and functioned as a template and rich source for other works. There is now a selection of 90 realistic depictions on 56 double-pages from this great collection. Graphics of all sizes depicting cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America originated between 1574 and 1618.

Successful Duo

The theologian, canon, and dean from Cologne, Georg Braun (1541-1622) undertook only a few journeys himself as the author and publisher of the Civitatis Orbis Terrarum. Instead, he was able to obtain many examples through his numerous contacts, which could then be executed by the copperplate engraver and etcher Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590). In addition to the lavishly designed and richly colored prints, the information about the geographical location, historical development, and economic situation of all the cities were contained in accompanying texts written by Braun in an entertaining and informative manner.

Evidence of Urban Development

These cityscapes and maps are of tremendous importance today for our knowledge of medieval city structures. They expand our knowledge of the cities and their destruction in the 30 Years’ War and their subsequent renovation in the Baroque style. Furthermore, the extremely detailed depictions contain much additional information with their coats of arms and the small genre scenes showing the lives of the farmers and fishermen. The modern beholder thus receives an inside look into local customs and learns contemporary fashions.

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