Title
Aquisgranum, vulgo Aich ad Menapiorum fines, perantiqua Imperij urbs... [Aachen]
Translated title
Aquisgranum, or Aachen, situated on the borders of ther territory of the Menapii, a very old imperial city
Contributor
Steenwijck, Henry (Cartographer, Colorist)
Publisher
Cologne : Franz Hogenberg
Date created
1582
Type of resource
Cartographic
Still image
Genre
Maps (documents)
Historical maps
Pictorial maps
Engravings (prints)
Format
Map/Globe, Image
Digital origin
reformatted digital
Abstract/Description
Renaissance print Aquisgranum, vulgo Aich, ad Menapiorum fines, perantiqua Imperij urbs... depicts the German city of Aachen in the mid-16th century. Artist Henry Steenwijck drew and painted the copperplate engraving, as evidenced by a signed banderole in the upper right corner. He may have also engraved the piece, though the engraver remains unclear. The map first appeared in the second printing of volume one of Georg Braun's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, c. 1582. Infused with Renaissance innovations such as the newly-favored bird's-eye view, Aachen depicts its namesake relatively accurately, despite deliberately widened streets to increase the legibility of names. Like the others in the series, the print relies on a limited palette of red, blue, and green watercolor paint; the dominance of green in this particular map reinforces the fertility of Aachen's surrounding land. Miniature figures in the bottom left corner, not to scale with the rest of the piece, allow viewers to glimpse local garb of the area. Aquisgranum, vulgo Aich, ad Menapiorum fines, perantiqua Imperij urbs... provides a brief yet captivating sense of life in 16th-century Aachen.
Related item
Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Aquisgranum, vulgo Aich ad Menapiorum fines, perantiqua Imperij urbs... [Aachen]
European City Views
Subjects and keywords
Aquisgranum
Aachen (Germany)
Identifier
european_braun_hogenberg_001
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