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Nautical chart of the Mediterranean and Black Sea by Gabriel de Vallseca - 1447

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:04:26  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

This portolan map of the Mediterranean and Black Sea was drawn on a single velum leaf. The date, 1447, and the signature of the artist, Gabriel de Vallseca, are located on the neck of the animal which provided its skin. Vallseca was a representative of the Catalan cartographic school that produced many ornamental nautical charts from the 14th century onwards. The area depicted is closed around the Mediterranean. The coastline is finely drawn from Gibraltar to Syria, and nine cities from the West and East are depicted as bird's-eye views.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE C-4607 (RES)
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Director : GUILLEMAIN Franck
Scientific referent : VAGNON Emmanuelle
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, GE C-4607 (RES)

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


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Item No.6874
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
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