Map of Jerusalem by Ptolemy

Map of Jerusalem by Ptolemy Map of Jerusalem by Ptolemy

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A Vatican Library Collection Fine Art Limited Edition

Exquisite map of Jerusalem

“Hierusalem”, Original 2nd century, redrawn 1469

Edition medium: Giclée print on Somerset Velvet Paper 330g.

With hand-applied gold leaf accents.

Inks: Archival pigment inks

Color Permanence: Rated for 100+
years

 

Ptolemy (after) – redrawn by Pietro del Mammaio

Print Size: 28″ High x 21.5″ Wide.

Limited Edition of 100, numbered 17/100. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Professionally framed and matted. Inquire for more info.

Blind embossed with the seal of the Vatican Library Collection!

These are no longer being made. There are only two left.

“The hand applied 22k gold leaf makes this an incredible, “must see” piece. Look for others in this series of old world cities.”

 

Artist’s Biography

 

Ptolemy

(Circa 85-165
AD)

Ptolemy (also known
in Latin as Claudius Ptolemaeus)
was an ancient
astronomer,

geographer, mathematician
and cartographer born
in Alexandria, Egypt.
His contribution to the
field of
astronomy culminated
in a thirteen-book
treatise called
the Almagest.
This important work
was the basis of all
sophisticated concepts pertaining
to mathematical and
spherical astronomy,
planetary theory,
and fixed stars.
The Almagest, while being the
most influential
and enduring
authority on astronomy, was based
on Ptolemy’s
famous, and
later disproved, theory
of a geocentric
universe,
or one that revolves around
the earth.
Included in this
work was a
star catalog
of forty-
eight constellations, some
of which were called
by names still used today.

In addition to this
expansive
treatise, Ptolemy also created
the Handy Tables, based on the
theories
and parameters set up in the
Almagest. As
its name indicates,
the Hancfy
Tables were
meant
for practical use,
and they have only
recently been
made obsolete by the invention
of computers. In
fact, both
of Ptolemy’s
notable works
were evidently accepted
and utilized by explorers
and students
until disproved. Christopher
Columbus consulted
the Almagest and other
manuscripts to
plot his
course to
reach Asia by sailing
west, as Ptolemy, in
his maps had
indicated that the continent

extended
further east
than it does.

Before the Almagest
was printed for
the first time, there
were already twelve
editions of
Ptolemy’s
brilliant work called Geograpry. The illustrations
accompanying the
Vatican Library’s

Geograpry include countries
and cities redrawn by Pietro del Massaio in 1469. The flat perspective
and unusual color palette
helped
to make it a best-seller
in fifteenth century
Europe. References to
Ptolemy’s
influential
works can be found throughout
the history
of printed
texts, even
in such
unlikely sources as
Geoffery Chaucer’s
humorous, The
Canterbury
Tales.