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Mappa Mundi, c. 1290 (vellum)

Mappa Mundi, c. 1290 (vellum)



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Mappa Mundi, c. 1290 (vellum)

BAL62567 Mappa Mundi, c.1290 (vellum) by Richard of Haldingham (Richard de Bello) (fl.c.1260-1305); Hereford Cathedral, Herefordshire, UK; English, out of copyright

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Bactrian Camel Bear Bethlehem Colossus Crucifixion Golden Fleece Gomorrah Griffon Jordan Labyrinth Maze Mermaid Mount Calvary Mount Of Olives Rhodes River Nile Salamander Severn Sodom Tweed Unicorn World Map


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This print showcases the remarkable "Mappa Mundi" created around 1290 by Richard of Haldingham, also known as Richard de Bello. Preserved in Hereford Cathedral, Herefordshire, UK, this medieval world map is a true testament to the artistry and imagination of its time. Painted on vellum and adorned with intricate details, the map transports us back to an era where exploration and myth intertwined. The golden fleece glistens alongside mythical creatures like griffons, manticores, and salamanders. It guides our eyes through ancient landmarks such as the Caspian Gates and Bethlehem while revealing familiar names like Rhodes and Mount Calvary. As we delve deeper into this masterpiece's rich tapestry of history, we encounter both real and fantastical elements. A mermaid gracefully swims near the River Nile while unicorns roam freely amidst bears along rivers Dee, Severn, and Tweed. The labyrinthine maze leads us towards scenes from biblical stories such as Sodom and Gomorrah or Jordan. The level of detail captured in this photograph allows us to marvel at every stroke made by Richard de Bello centuries ago. It serves as a reminder that even in an age without modern technology or satellite imagery; humans possessed an insatiable curiosity about their world. Through this image print from Fine Art Finder (not for commercial use), we are transported back to a time when maps were not just navigational tools but works of art that

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