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Mappa Mundi, ink and colors on parchment, created in London about 1265

Mappa Mundi, ink and colors on parchment, created in London about 1265



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Mappa Mundi, ink and colors on parchment, created in London about 1265

Cartography, 13th century. Mappa Mundi, Medieval map, London about 1265. Ink and colors on parchment. The maps diameter is 9 cm

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13th Century Angel Anthropomorphic Direction Globe Guidance Ink Drawing Looking At Camera Medieval Mixed Media Simplicity Western Script


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This print showcases the remarkable "Mappa Mundi" a medieval map created in London around 1265. Crafted with ink and colors on parchment, this intricate piece of cartography measures approximately 9 cm in diameter. The portrait-style image captures the essence of this historical artifact, which serves as a testament to the ingenuity and artistry of its time. The Mappa Mundi is an awe-inspiring depiction of physical geography, offering insights into how people perceived the world during the 13th century. Its anthropomorphic elements, such as angelic figures and divine symbolism, add a touch of mystique to its overall design. This fine art painting draws inspiration from Byzantine style while incorporating Western script for labeling purposes. With no people present in the image, one can focus solely on admiring the intricacies within this masterpiece. The simplicity yet complexity of its design invites viewers to ponder upon its purpose: providing guidance for travelers or serving as a visual representation of history itself. As we gaze at this vertical composition, it feels as though we are looking directly into history's eyes. It reminds us that even centuries ago, humans sought direction and understanding through maps – seeking God's guidance in their journeys across uncharted territories

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