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Frans Hogenberg

Frans Hogenberg


Frans Hogenberg (ca. 1540-ca. 1590) was a Flemish and German engraver and mapmaker who also painted. He was born in Mechelen, south of Antwerp, the son of wood engraver and etcher Nicolas Hogenberg. Together with his father, brother (Remigius), uncle, and cousins, Frans was one member of a prominent artistic family in the Netherlands.

During the 1550s, Frans worked in Antwerp with the famous mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. There, he engraved the maps for Ortelius’ groundbreaking first atlas, published in Antwerp in 1570, along with Johannes van Deotecum and Ambrosius and Ferdinand Arsenius. It is suspected he engraved the title page as well. Later, Ortelius supported Hogenberg with information for a different project, the Civitates orbis terrarium (edited by Georg Braun, engraved by Hogenberg, published in six volumes, Cologne, 1572-1617). Hogenberg engraved the majority of the work’s 546 prospects and views.

It is possible that Frans spent some time in England while fleeing from religious persecution, but he was living and working in Cologne by 1580. That is the city where he died around 1590. In addition to his maps, he is known for his historical allegories and portraits. His brother, Remigius, also went on to some fame as an engraver, and he died around the same time as his brother.



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1575 - [St. Gallen] S. Galli Opp. et Monasterium Helvetiorum, asterente Ottone Frisingensi

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


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1572 - Lille Insula

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Detailed plan of the city of Lille, in France. This very detailed plan shows accurately the town with its streets, places, churches and squares. Decorated with 2 coats of arms, figures in the foreground and a title cartouche. From Braun &...


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1575 - Montes, Hannoniae Metropolis [and] Atrebatum, Episcopalis Et Metropolica Artesiae Citivas

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Two early city views of Bergen / Mons in Hainaut, Belgium and Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, North of France, from an early edition of Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most prolific compilation of city views published in the 16th...


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1575 - (Dunkerque, Gravelines and Bourbourg) Duynkercke / Grevelinge / Borborch

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Fine early city views of Dunquerke, Gravelins and Bourbourg, from an early edition of Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most prolific compilation of city views published in the 16th Century.


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1575 - Marseille

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Nice example of this inconic plan of 16th Century Marseille, which appeared in volume 2 of Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1576 - Monsiessulanus, Montpellier (and) Turo, Tours, (and) Pictavis, sive Pictavia . . .

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Detailled plan of the towns of Poitiers, Montpellier and Tours, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. Beautiful old colored plan of the three cities,...


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1581 - [Grenoble and Romans-sur-Isère] Gratianopolis [with] Romans Delfina

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Braun and Hogenberg's double-page engraved map of Grenoble and Romans-sur-Isère in south-central France.


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1581 - (Valenciennes) Valencena, Quondam Cygnorum Vallis, Urbs Han Perelegas, et Valde Magnifica

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Nice example of this iconic plan of 16th century f Valenciennes, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum. The verso translates as follows: The Loire, an exceedingly well-known river in France, flows directly past...


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1581 - [Douai] Duacum, Catuarcorum urbs tam situ, quam incolis, et litterarum studijs elegantissime ornata

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Nice example of important plan of 16th century Douai, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1581 - (Arras) Atrebatum, fertilissimae Artesiae Urbs primaria, elegantissimo situ . . .

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Nice example of this iconic plan of 16th century Arras, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1644 - Duynkercken a Septent . . . / Dunkerka a Meridie

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Fine pair of views of Dunkirk from the North and South, from Blaeu's Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Regiae.


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1572 - Magdeburgum . . . Metropolitica Saxoniae Urbs

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A fine early view of Magdeberg in Saxony, published by Braun & Hogenberg in their monumental 6 volume Civitatus Orbis Terrarum. TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Magdeburg was called Parthenopolis (virgin city) after Venus, who was once worshipped...


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1572 - Nurnberg (and) Ulm (and) Saltzburg (and) Lindaw

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Old color example of this sheet of four important early views of Nuremberg, Saltzburg, Lindaw and Ulm, and Germany, on a single sheet. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in...


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1572 - Civitas Francofordiana Ad Mo:

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Important early view of Frankfurt am Rhein, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. Fine early bird's-eye view from the southwest. St Bartholomew's...


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1572 - [Augsburg] Augusta iuxta figuram quam his ce temporibus habet delineata

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Fine early view of Augsburg, with two coats of arms and an extensive key locating important places, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitas Orbis Terrarum, first published in 1572. The translation of the title cartouche is as follows: Following the...