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The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459

The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459


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The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459

ALI75764 The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459 by Italian School, (15th century); Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy; Alinari

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This print showcases "The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro" a remarkable creation by the Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, dating back to 1459. Crafted with meticulous detail and precision, this masterpiece is an embodiment of Fra Mauro's profound knowledge and passion for cartography. Displayed at Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy, this extraordinary map offers a unique perspective on the world. Unlike conventional maps that depict north as up, Fra Mauro ingeniously presents his map with south at the top - an unconventional approach that challenges traditional notions. Every inch of this intricate artwork tells a story. From meticulously drawn coastlines to beautifully illustrated cities and countries, each element reflects the extensive research and dedication put forth by its creator. The attention to detail is awe-inspiring; it allows viewers to immerse themselves in an era where exploration was still unfolding. "The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro" not only serves as a testament to human curiosity but also highlights the significance of cartography as both an art form and scientific discipline. It reminds us that maps are not merely tools for navigation but windows into our collective history and understanding of the world. Bridgeman Images has skillfully captured this iconic piece through their lens, allowing us to appreciate every stroke and contour in stunning clarity. This print invites us on a visual journey through time while honoring one man's dedication to unraveling the mysteries held within our vast planet Earth.

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