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A New & Arabesque Map of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
|| 5/23/2008 || 10:43 am || Comments Off on A New & Arabesque Map of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden || ||


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To celebrate the new procedure I decided to get around to editing the Library of Congress‘ copy of Willem Janszoon Blaeu‘s Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula, which was published in Amsterdam in 1606. I removed the original map from the center and kept the decorative border similar to Nova et Accvratissima Totivs Terrarvm Orbis Tabvla, A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe : according to the the Ancient discoveries and most general Divisions of Geospatial Art, America as a Cloverleaf, and A New And Accurate Map of the World by John Speed. However, unlike the previous antique map mash-ups, which usually feature the earth laid out in two hemispheres, this map uses a rectangular space (Mercator?). The beauty of this open layout is that I can place any of my previously made maps inside of this 402-year-old template.

A common naming practice I’ve noticed in old map is the use of “New & Accurate” and since I like to play around with words, I changed Accurate to Arabesque to create a visual pun. The source map was about 6,500 pixels wide, I underlaid a rotated 9,000 x 6,000 copy of Hirshhorn Quilt to fit perfectly in the center of the new map. I think it would be fun to actually hand-color the engravings on this map to match other copies of this map which have the various figures colored in. The LOC’s copy is uncolored which means that its actually easier to add color to it than if it were already colored because pigment matching is not needed.



: detail of the planet Goddess Venus :

Across the top (left to right) you have the planet gods:

Drawn within each of these engravings are the signs of the Zodiac that the planets rule:

Below I dissect the rest of the border of the map:

In the margins between the planets the Latin text is:
SEPTEM
PLANETAE
(seven planets)


The bottom of the map features unique engravings of the Seven Wonders of the World most likely copied from Dutch painter Marten Jacobszoon Heemskerk van Veen (1498–1574):


Along the left side of the map you have the four elements or “Quatuor Elementa”

Along the right-hand side of the map is the human personification of the seasons with the signs of the Zodiac.

    Quatuor Anni Tempestates

  • Ver (Spring)
  • AEstas (Summer)
  • Autimnus (Fall)
  • Hyems (Winter)

Of note is that the character of winter is drawn quite closely nearly 60 years later in Nova et Accvratissima Totivs Terravm Oribis Tabvla.

In the margins between the Seven Wonders is the text:
SEPTEM
MIRABILIA MUNDI
(Seven Miracles of the World )


Now that I have the template saved and fully described, I’d like to get an inaugural printing made.


UPDATE – Here is a photo of the first printing of the map taken in my hallway:




Related Latin Entries:

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