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Pisa

Joan Blaeu (c.1599 - 1673)

Coloured engraving

1682
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Italy
    City: Rome
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Joan Blaeu I was born and died in Amsterdam. His father, Willem Blaeu, had, in 1596, founded a firm of globe and instrument makers which expanded to publish maps, topographical engravings and sea charts. Joan continued to run the business after his father’s death, collaborating with his brother, Cornelius. In 1638, Joan succeeded his father as official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. With his son, Joan Blaeu II, he published maps, atlases and town plans, including ‘Nouvus Atlas’ (1634) and a version of ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (up to 1655). In 1672 a fire destroyed the firm’s premises, equipment, plates and stock, effectively ruining the company. Blaeu died the following year and, the remnants of the firm passed to his son.
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  • Details
    Title
    Pisa
    Date
    1682
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    origin uncertain
    GAC number
    10440