A fine-quality tapestry of an explorer’s map, dated to the Elizabethan era. This tapestry forms part of a range to celebrate the Museum’s renowned Shakespeare exhibition. The playwright lived in an exciting period of cultural exploration which is marked by rapid advancements in map-making.
This reproduction of Ortelius’ world map, “Typus orbis terrarum”, taken from his great work, is faithful to the original in every detail, including the exact colours. It is referred to as a mappemonde, which is French for ‘world map’.
In 1570, Abraham Ortelius published his groundbreaking Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World), the first comprehensive modern atlas. Containing 53 full color maps, the atlas was an instant hit with scholars, navigators, explorers and the nobility. Of course, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum made Orterlius famous and he became renowned as one of the best map makers during his lifetime. He met up with Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator later in his career and the rest is history.
This remarkable tapestry brings richness and history to any interior. It is hand-crafted by the Craye family business, best known for the quality of their Velour and Jacquard: they began manufacturing cloth for the House of Dior in the 1970s. Craye came to specialise in the reproduction of wall tapestries and recreated the style of weaving of the Flemish of the 14th & 15th centuries for which they are the world leaders. This tapestry is a prime example of this.
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