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Finely colored example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Granada, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.
Fine early view of the Spanish city of Granada as seen from the east, one of three views of the important city that were published by Braun & Hogenberg. The three parts of Granada proper are detailed and named; Granada, Albaicin, and Antequerela. The grand cartouche incorporates a key of important buildings; Alhambra, S. Helena, Los Theatinos, el Bosco, el Castillo major, Palatio Real Antiquo, el Castillo Atobin, and twelve more.
The foreground shows various city residents in contemporary costumes.
This view of Granada is generally regarded as one of Braun & Hogenberg's finest and most decorative title cartouches.
Georg Braun (1541-1622) was born and died in Cologne. His primary vocation was as Catholic cleric; he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. Braun was the chief editor of the Civitates orbis terrarum, the greatest book of town views ever published. His job entailed hiring artists, acquiring source material for the maps and views, and writing the text. In this role, he was assisted by Abraham Ortelius. Braun lived into his 80s, and he was the only member of the original team to witness the publication of the sixth volume in 1617.
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