Aurelia Franciæ Civitas ad Ligeri Flussita [Orléans]
Münster, Sebastian, 1489-1552 (Cartographer)
Cologne : Franz Hogenberg
Date created
Type of resource
Still image
Maps (documents)
Historical maps
Pictorial maps
Engravings (prints)
Map/Globe, Image
Digital origin
reformatted digital
Aurelia Franciæ Civitas ad Ligeri Flussita, a 16th-century print, features an accurate bird's-eye view of Orléans, France. The copperplate engraving derives from François de Belleforest's 1575 translation of cartographer Sebastian Münster's text Cosmography, though the artist, engraver, and colorist of this version remain unknown. Published as plate 6 in volume 3 of Georg Braun's Civitates Orbis Terrarum c. 1583, Orléans accompanied an alternate perspective of the city, lacking the impressive bird's-eye view. Orleans, along with most of the prints within Civitates Orbis Terrarum, employs a distinct color scheme of red, blue, and green, and the prevalence of red shifts the viewer's focus to the city instead of to surrounding features. The artist's use of directional hatching and crosshatching endows the print with convincing depth and value, while the inclusion of tiny figures at the bottom right corner adds cultural relevance such as the traditional fashions of the region. With vivid colors and believable perspective, Orleans exhibits a stunning display of realism for its time.
Related item
Civitates Orbis Terrarum
European City Views
Subjects and keywords
Orléans (France)
Permanent URL
Northeastern University Library
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