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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 - Bilvao . . .

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Nice example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Bilbao. The view shows Bilbao from the southeast; in the distance the town of Portugalete can be seen on the estuary of the Nervion in the Bay of Biscay. Diego López V de Haro founded Bilbao on June 15,...


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1575 - Santander

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Nice example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Santander. Santander and its surrounding bay are shown from the northeast. The image is dominated by the harbor, which indicates the importance of this city for trade in the region of Cantabria; after...


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1578 - Barcelona [with] Eciia

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Nice example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Barcelona, with the plan of Eciia below. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.


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1578 - Toletum . . . [with] Vallisoletum

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Finely colored example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Toledo and Valladolid. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.


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1600 - Gades Ab Occiduis Insulae Partibus

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Columbus's Point of Departure Important early view of Cadiz, focused on the chapel of San Sebastian in the foreground with the city in the background. The plate shows Cadiz seen across the narrow peninsula from the Atlantic. In the foreground stands...


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1588 - Malta / Famaugusta / Rhodus / Calaris

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's views of Famagusta, Rhodes, Malta and Cagliari. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.


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1590 - Candia [and] La Cita De Corphu

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's views of Candia and Corfu.


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1572 - Byzantium Nunc Constantinopolis

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Old color example of this important early map / birdseye view of Istanbul, from Braun & Hogenberg's monumental town book. The Braun & Hogenberg view is one of the finest and most sought-after views of Istanbul. Viewed from the village of...


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1572 - Calechut Celeberrimum Indiae Emporium / Ormus / Canonor / S. George Oppidum Mina....

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Striking group of 4 city views, illustrating a trip from Africa to the trading regions of East, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most famous and influential book of town plans published in the 16th Century. The top view shows...


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1572 - Anfa / Quibusdam Anaffa / Azzaamurum / Diiv / Goa fortissima Indiae urbs in Christianorum potestatem anno Salutis 1509 . . . (Casablanca, Goa, Diu and Azamor

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's set of Casablanca (Anfa) - Azemmour (Azamor) - Diu - Old Goa (Velha Goa).


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1572 - Hierosolyma, Clarissima Totius Orientis Civitas Iudaee Metropolis . . .

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A Superb Example of One of Braun & Hogenberg's Views of Jerusalem. Striking early plan of Jerusalem, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most famous and influential book of town plans published in the 16th century. The view...


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1572 - Cairus Quae Olim Babylon Aegypt Maxima Urbs

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Fine old color example of this important early view of Cairo from a hillside opposite the Nile, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most important town book of the 16th Century. Elaborate detail, including fortified walls,...


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1572 - Aden Arabiae Foelicis Emporium Celeberrimi Nominis, quo ex India, Aethiopia ... [on sheet with] Mombaza [and] Quiloa [and] Cefala

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The oldest obtainable printed view of Aden, with smaller views of 3 other African Harbors. The harbors were among the most important ports along the Indian Ocean and were controlled by the Arabs and visited by the Vasco de Gama on his trip around the...


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1572 - (Tangiers, Tzaffin, Ceuta, Arzila, and Sala) Tingis Lusitanis Tangiara. . . [on sheet with] Tzaffin [and] Salaa [and] Arzilla [and] Septa

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Views of the five northern and western African coastal towns on one sheet: Tangiers, Tzaffin, Septa (Ceuta), Arzila, and Sala. Latin text on verso. Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum was the single most important town book of the 16th...


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1588 - Algerii Sarace norum urbis forttif fimae, in Numidia Africa Provincia Structae iuxta Balearicos fluctus Maeiterranei aequoris Hispaniam contra . . .

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Striking town plan of Algiers from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitas Orbis Terrarum, first issued in 1588. Algiers is known as 'El-Bahdja' in Arabic or 'Alger la Blanche' in French for the glistening white of its buildings rising up from the sea. The...


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1590 - Tunes Urbs - Tunetis Urbis, ac Novae Eius Arcis, et Guletae, quae Philippo Hispan Regi Parent

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's important early town view of Tunis. The image shows a lively port scene, with ships in the foreground in the outer harbor, several canals to the inner harbor and the extensive fortifications along the...