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Map of the Atlantic Ocean by François Ollive, 1662

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:04:48  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

This ornamental nautical chart, also called portolan, dated 1662, was produced by François Ollive's workshop in Marseilles. Enclosed in a trompe l'oeil frame and illustrated with numerous coats of arms, city views, naval battle scenes, sea monsters and sirens, it was not intended for use at sea, but to serve as a ceremonial document for wealthy merchants. Numerous ornaments on the southern shores of the Mediterranean highlighted the geopolitical and commercial importance of this region for Marseilles seaport.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE A 850 RES
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Author : HOFMANN Catherine (Conservatrice en chef au département des Cartes et plans de la BnF)
Director : FERLITA Céline (CLT, UPS CNRS, Villejuif)
Scientific referent : FERLITA CélineHOFMANN Catherine
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cote GE A 850 RES

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


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