Tuesday, June 8, 2010

mappa mundi - 'sheet of the world'

map: ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from medieval Latin mappa mundi, literally ‘sheet of the world,’ from Latin mappa ‘sheet, napkin’ mundi ‘of the world’ ( genitive of mundus).

The past two posts have contained maps and this one is no exception except here we go back centuries and see historical and imaginative works that contain absorbing histories. These images all come from the admirable Jane Librizzi at The Blue Lantern weblog. Click on the title of each image to go to the excellent posts at this blog.

The Walled City of Paris

Parma: Walled City of the Etruscans - 15th Century fanciful map of an old city dating back to the Bronze Age, c 3000 BC - June 4th Post. One of the commenters to this post on the Blue Lantern referred to the Etruscan Museum outside Florence which I remember making a point of going to a long time ago, having lightly touched on this wonderful culture during school days and having a lingering fascination years after seeing the lively frescoes and artifacts in text books.

Image below found at www.themysteriousetruscans.com

Tomb of the Bulls Detail, Tarquinia

Fanciful Cities: Franco Fortunato - 5th June post contains wonderful images and information that includes references to the artist Fortunato, the Italian poet and writer Italo Calvino and the family of Jane Librizzi from weblog 'Blue Lantern'.


sarala said...

Love the old maps, especially the one of Paris.

La Dolce Vita said...

gorgeous and fascinating! loved the blog too! grazie Sophie!! xx's

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Sarala,
aren't they special -they do pull at your mind and lure you in!!

Hi Cat!
Glad you got to take a visit over there... a very prolific freelance journalist sharing her finds with us all... were so lucky to have all these places out there to explore in every direction!
S xo

Caio Fernandes said...

again , beautiful post .

Sophie Munns said...

thankyou Caio!
most enjoyable to post these maps and read about them whilst doing so!

ArtPropelled said...

Fanciful cities .... just gorgeous!

blue china studio said...

What an incredible post. Love ALL these images.

Sophie Munns said...

The use the word fanciful suggests such interesting places I think Robyn... glad youenjoyed them!

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Jacylin.
pleased you found much to be inspired by!

Janis said...

ohhh love the illustrations! xo

Sophie Munns said...

How about that last one Janis...
so curious when you look closely...