GALLE, Philippe

[Abraham Ortelius portrait]

Size : 46,6 x 27 cm
Color : Original colors
Condition : A+
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : CPV-45-107

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A fine example of the portrait of Abraham Ortelius engraved by Philippe Galle, which appeared in his famous work Theatrum Orbis after the title page.

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) is one of the great founders of cartography, in which he became interested at a very young age. He began his career as a map illuminator, buying and collecting maps before selling them after they were colored, "his scientific and collecting interests developing in harmony with those of a merchant" (van der Krogt). His numerous travels led him to make important "scientific" and "cartographic" meetings (Goltzius, Gerard Mercator, Franz Hogenberg...) which led to the elaboration of the first true atlas ("the first true atlas", van der Broecke): taking advantage of the acquired experiences, Ortelius gathers under a handy format, maps, with title and text, presented under the same unit of projection (same style and size). He added a Catalogus auctorum tabularum geographicarum, a list of map authors, geographers and cartographers mentioned in his atlas, keeping it up to date with the editions (87 names in the 1570 edition, 183 names in the 1603 edition).

GALLE, Philippe