It is at the end of the 17th century that we see the birth of “NOVA ORBIS TABULA” by the illustrious French map-maker, Hubert Jaillot. He was born in 1632 and he died in 1712. He not only set himself apart from the rest of his contemporaries because of the amount of maps produced but because of the beauty and elegance he created in the ornamental scrolls that decorated them. The planisphere or world map illustrated here was dedicated to the Duke of Borgogna and is a stunning example. It was printed in Paris in 1694. The most striking features are the allegorical figures found on the margins of the map.
Of course, a world map of such refined beauty could only be reproduced using the same material, methods and techniques from that period.
The technique of relief printing used for the production of this world map is the oldest expression of graphic art and it includes the use of a manual press and engraved plates. Every subject, therefore, becomes an original and sets itself apart from the others for various yet significant differences. The image is then transferred onto 100% cotton paper furnished by an antique paper mill as were found in the period when these works first came to life.
In order to recreate that faraway atmosphere and charm, the papers, one by one, undergo a manual aging process using only natural substances.
Each engraving is unique in itself because no two will ever be the same.
After this step it is time for the cutting and anchoring of the paper to a pure cotton canvas which also undergoes an aging process.
The goal of the entire operation is to produce a product that allows us to replenish the original beauty and recuperate a historical-cultural value, (this through the materials used as well as the techniques). The last step, but surely not the least important, is the watercoloring done by expert artists which gives the work a scenic polychrome effect. The artists of course keep in mind the various color shades and hues used in that faraway past and they are reproduced by the watercolors of those traditional painters and the result gives the observer the sensation of travelling back in time.
The canvas that we propose to you on this page, for the object treated, is distinguished from all the collectibles exhibited here: we are not talking about a planisphere of the terrestrial globe, but rather of the "Planisphere of the celestial globe" by Francesco Brunacci. Here, in short, the emerged lands and the oceans are not represented. Object of the representation are in fact the 67 constellations in use of the seventeenth century, this work being published in 1687. Specifically, here we can identify the 48 Ptolemaic constellations, to which are added among others the 12 constellations of the southern hemisphere introduced by Keyser and Houtman. To conceive this design, Brunacci started from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603, and then took advantage of subsequent studies.
Two celestial globes, namely the Arctic and the Antarctic, accompanied by a series of scrolls showing the necessary information to better interpret the print. To give further elegance to the work, the classic representation of putti above the clouds, as well as - moving away from the habit of accompanying the planispheres with allegorical images - the representation of astronomers at work. This extremely faithful reproduction is made up of 8 single sheets which, like the original, have been mounted on canvas, so as to facilitate their transport and storage. Both the paper and the canvas are 100% pure cotton. A manual press was used for printing, to give the collector the fascinating tactile sensation that only engravings can give. To support the aging, then, is the intelligent use of special.
Our canvases are printed with a hand-press. For this reason, due to their completely handmade nature, it may take more than 30 days for the product to be produced. Each canvas is also available with watercolor coloring by hand.