Firenze , 2023
60 x 43 x 1 in (h x w x d)
Ink on paper
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This piece was inspired by Francesco Rosselli's "Fiorenza" in the 1480s in Florence. This paper reconsiders his maps and views in the context of Renaissance cosmography and copper plate engraving and printing to reconstruct an ambitious and carefully designed publishing program, which substantially influenced later Italian commercial cartography. Rosselli’s large view of his home city, his Fiorenza, was arguably his first independent cartographic project, and this first modern city view became a prototype and a highly successful product representing a new cartographic genre.

This interpretation offers a perspective of the Arno and narrows the view to the city center, highlighting the important landmarks and monuments of Florence. Rosselli's "Fiorenza" was not only a cartographic representation but also a celebration of the city's culture and power. It reflected the growing interest in urban planning and civic pride during the Renaissance period.

Rosselli's work set a high standard for subsequent Italian cartographers, who followed in his footsteps by creating similar city views for other major Italian cities. These maps not only served as guides for travelers but also as a way to showcase the wealth and grandeur of each city.

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