Title
Middelburgum, Selandiae Oppsitu, Opere, et Mercimoniis Florentiss
Contributor
Hogenberg, Frans, approximately 1539-1590 (Cartographer, Engraver)
Publisher
Cologne : Franz Hogenberg
Date created
1575
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
Late 16th-century print Middelburgum, Selandiae Oppsitu, Opere, et Mercimoniis Florentiss depicts the city of Middelburg at the height of the Renaissance. Drawn and engraved by Frans Hogenberg (sometimes spelled Franz Hogenberg), the copperplate engraving appeared as plate 28 within volume 2 of Georg Braun's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, c. 1575. Praised for its remarkably accurate bird's-eye perspective, the print only deviates slightly from life by widening the streets for clarity of street names. Hogenberg's directional hatch and crosshatch marks imbibe the city with plausible depth and value, while the limited palette of watercolor paint, applied by an unknown colorist, unifies the piece with others in the series. Viewers also receive a glimpse into local culture from the figures at the bottom edge, sporting traditional clothing. The minute detail and realism found within the plate bring the city of Middelburg to life.
Related item
Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Middelburgum, Selandiae Oppsitu, Opere, et Mercimoniis Florentiss
European City Views
Subjects and keywords
Zeeland (Netherlands : Province)
Middelburg (Netherlands)
Identifier
european_braun_hogenberg_004
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