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Giacomo Gastaldi

Giacomo Gastaldi


Giacomo Gastaldi (1500-1566) is considered the foremost Italian cartographer of the sixteenth century, alongside Paolo Forlani. His skills of compilation are comparable to those of Mercator and Ortelius, yet much less is known of his life than of his two contemporaries. Gastaldi was born in Villafranca, Piedmont, but had established himself in Venice by 1539. He originally worked as an engineer, but turned to mapmaking from the 1540s onward.

It was in Venice where he made his reputation as an engraver, geographer, and cosmographer; for example, he was asked to fresco maps of Asia and Africa in the Palace of the Doge, or the Council of Ten, Venice’s governmental body. He also frequently consulted on projects for the Savi sopra la Laguna, drawing maps for this body which oversaw the regulation of fresh and salt water around Venice.

His contemporaries also recognized his skill, as he was named cosmographer to the Republic of Venice, was a member of the Accademia Veneziana, and was a major source for other geographers and mapmakers including Camocio, Bertelli, Cock, Luchini, and Ortelius. He even had his own distinct style of copper engraving that made him a pioneer in his day and makes his works iconic today.

Gastaldi enjoyed an especially productive relationship with Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Secretary of the Venetian Senate, who used Gastaldi's maps for his famous travel account collection, Navigationi et Viaggi. Gastaldi also tutored Ramusio's son in cosmography.



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1548 - Calecut Nova Tabula

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The First Modern Map of India Fine example of Gastaldi's modern map of the Southern Part of India, the first map to focus on India utilizing modern geographical information, rather than Ptolemy. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian...


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1548 - Tabula Asiae IIII (Cyprus, Holy Land, Syria, Jordan, Iraq)

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Fine example of Gastaldi's map of Cyprus, the Holy Land, Syria and neighboring regions, based upon the work of Claudius Ptolemy. Giacomo Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548 has been called the most comprehensive atlas produced between Martin Waldseemüller's...


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1548 - (Iran & Iraq) Tabula Asiae V

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Important early Ptolemaic map of the region between the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea showing Babylon and Mesopotamia as well as several ancient religious sites. Giacomo Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548 has been called the most comprehensive atlas produced...


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1548 - Soria E Terra Sancta Nova Tabula (shows Cyprus)

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One of the earliest obtainable modern maps of the Holy Land and Cyprus, published by Giacomo Gastaldi in Venice. Gastaldi's maps are considered important early maps for regional collectors. The map show the Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf, Red Sea,...


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1548 - [Arabia] Tabula Asiae VI

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Early Map of the Middle East Fine example of Gastaldi's map of Arabia, the Red Sea and the Gulf, based upon Claudius Ptolemy. Includes a mermaid at the lower right corner. Giacomo Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548 has been called the most comprehensive atlas...


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1548 - Mauritania Nova Tabula

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Fine example of Gastaldi's regional map of Northwest Africa, from Tangiers and Cueta to Villa Longa, the Atlas Mountains and Algeria. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani....


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1548 - Marmarica Nova Tabula

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Nice example of Gastaldi's map of a portion of North Africa, centered on the Nubia Desert and showing Egypt, the Nile, etc. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani. From...


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1556 - Parte Del 'Africa

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Striking Gastaldi Map of West Africa, Included in a Significant Travel Collection Finely-wrought early map of West Africa, compiled by Giacomo Gastaldi for Giovanni Battista Ramusio's Navigationi et Viaggi. This is an example of the first state,...


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1548 - Tabula Africae III

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Nice example of Gastaldi's map of the northeastern portion of Africa, based on Ptolemy. The map extends east to Egypt and the Red Sea and south to Libya Interior. Snake with a human head and Ophimchus (winged creature) are shown. appear on the map....