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Nautical Atlas of the World, aka Atlas Miller by Lopo Homen, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and Antonio de Holanda, 1519

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:04:11  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The Miller Atlas, named after its former owner, is a collection of nautical charts completed in 1519. Commissioned by the King of Portugal Manuel I, it is a masterpiece of Portuguese cartography resulting from the collaboration of several cartographers and artists: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and the illuminator Antonio de Holanda. It was intended to show the power and expanse of the Portuguese Empire, which extended from Brazil to Indonesia. This portolan opens onto a world map centred on the Portuguese hemisphere as delimited in 1494 by the Treaty of Tordesillas. The subsequent regional maps cover the entire known world at the time, except for Africa, the map of which went missing.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark numbers GE D-26179 (RES), GE DD-683 (2-5 RES), GE AA-640 (RES)
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World map:
Europe and Azores:
Indian Ocean, Madagascar and Insulindia:
Magnus sinus and Moluccas:

Director : FERLITA Céline (CLT, UPS CNRS, Villejuif)
Animation : LHUILLERY Esther
Scientific referent : FERLITA CélineVAGNON Emmanuelle
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesAtlas conservé à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cotes GE D-26179 (RES), GE DD-683 (2-5 RES), GE AA-640 (RES)

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Mappemonde :
Europe et Açores :
Océan Indien, Madagascar et Insulinde :
Magnus sinus et Moluques :
Brésil :

BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)


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Item No.6866
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
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