Milano

  • New
Reference: S42533
Author Donato BERTELLI
Year: 1569 ca.
Zone: Milan
Printed: Venice
Measures: 282 x 211 mm
€1,500.00

  • New
Reference: S42533
Author Donato BERTELLI
Year: 1569 ca.
Zone: Milan
Printed: Venice
Measures: 282 x 211 mm
€1,500.00

Description

In the upper center, under the upper border, is the title: MILANO. Divided on three sides, is engraved a numerical legend of 148 references to the notable places of the city. Orientation provided in the right side at the center by the cardinal point ORIENS.

Faithful replica of the map ascribed Ferrando Bertelli (1568) and engraved in copper by the monogrammist AF. It differs not only for the absence of monogram, but also for the indication of the orientation. Also here the legend, which surrounds the plan on three sides, is composed of 148 cross-references. Mistakenly attributed to Giacomo Franco in the catalog of the Bertarelli collection, the map, little known to the literature, is ascribed to Donato Bertelli. Some specimens are in fact included in the collection Le vere imagini et descritioni delle più nobili città del mondo, published in Venice by Donato in 1569. Other specimens are included in the 16th Century composite Atlases, which confirms that the work circulated separately even before being included in the publication of Bertelli.

“In assoluta concorrenza con le raccolte di Forlani e di Ferrando Bertelli, fu pubblicata a Venezia, sempre a cura di Donato Bertelli nel 1569, la raccolta Le vere imagini et descritioni delle piu nobilli città del mondo. Verae illustrissimae cuiusque urbis imagines nunc prim[um] typis impressae. Venetiis, Apud Donatum Bertellii ad signum divii Marci MDLXIX. Come quella di Ferrando, l’opera contiene un frontespizio allegorico inciso, con un titolo bilingue in italiano e latino, e con la dedica a Iohan Jacob Fugger von Kirhberg (1514-1575), banchiere tedesco mecenate delle arti: Illustri, ac generoso heroi d. Ioanni Iacobo Fuggero Kirchbergae, Weissenhorni, et c. domino caesareae maiestatis consiliario dicatae. La raccolta, che conobbe una ristampa nel 1574 e una nel 1578, comprende il titolo e 21 piante o vedute di città. Si tratta, dunque, solo di una selezione incentrata sulle città principali, rappresentate da tavole derivate dal “Primo Libro”, già replicate nel Civitatum aliquot insigniorum et locorum del 1568. Vengono escluse le immagini delle città fortificate ungheresi e dei luoghi minori, in una sorta di prodotto elitario, meno innovativo ma più curato dal punto di vista grafico. Valerio (cfr. Piante e vedute di Napoli dal 1486 al 1599, 1998, p. 45) descrive l’esemplare conservato alla Jerome & Ann Fisher Fine Arts Library della University of Pennsylvania [711.4 B486], datato 1569, e la ristampa del 1578 conservata alla Public Library di New York. Entrambi differiscono, per contenuto e ordinamento delle tavole, da quello conservato alla Biblioteca Angelica di Roma [BB-12-9] e da quello alla Stanford University, che recano entrambi la data 1578. L’unico elemento comune a tutte le edizioni è la presenza della pianta di Venezia (come prima tavola. Non è raro trovare le tavole di Bertelli conservate in raccolte fattizie di grande formato: in quella della Universiteto Biblioteka di Vilnius (cfr. Dzikowski, Katalog atlasów Biblioteki Uniwersyteckiej Stefana Batorego, 1940) sono presenti la quasi totalità delle tavole che compongono la raccolta, come pure nel cosiddetto “Atlante Aragona” (conservato in un’anonima collezione privata americana e del quale siamo riusciti ad avere le immagini). Numerose le tavole presenti nella collezione della Raccolta Bertarelli [VOL EE 46 (1-240)], conservata al Castello Sforzesco di Milano” (cfr. Stefano Bifolco, Città e Fortezze Principali del Mondo. Le prime raccolte italiane di cartografia urbana e gli isolari del XVI secolo in “Cartografia e topografia italiana del XVI secolo”, 2018, pp. 124-125).

Donato Bertelli is a printer and publisher active in Venice in Merzaria all'insegna di S. Marco. He was probably born in Padua, as we can deduce from his signature on some branches, Donatus Bertellius Patavinus, his activity, on the basis of the works he published, can be circumscribed to the years between 1558 and 1592. In 1559 he was in the workshop of Ferrando Bertelli and signed In Venetia appresso Donato Bertelli libraro al segno del S. Marco. Upon Ferrando's death, Donato inherited or purchased his branches and published them, as he did also for plates by Forlani and Camocio, affixing his name. 

Etching and engraving, impressed on contempoary laid paper, with margins, in perfect condition. Very rare.

Bibliografia

Bifolco-Ronca, Cartografia e topografia italiana del XVI secolo, p. 2225, tav. 1138; Arrigoni-Bertarelli (1931): n. 982; Gambi-Gozzoli (1982): p. 350, n. 13; Ganado (1993): p. 24; cfr. Valerio (1998): p. 45, 7, n. 7; Verga (1911): n. 18.

Donato BERTELLI (Attivo a Venezia seconda metà del XVI secolo)

Bertelli family represents the largest group of publishers, engravers, cartographers and merchants of prints of the sixteenth century. Ferrando Bertelli was the most productive, active between 1570, the 1560th, but maps of the last quarter of the century are known by the names of Andrea, Donato, Lucca, Nicholas and Peter. This was mainly active in Padua, where he led a workshop in letterpress and engravings. The earliest records show the asset at the date of 1589 as an engraver of several plates for an edition entitled Diversarum nationum habitus which was published in collaboration with Alciato Alciati. Pietro Bertelli had a library in Padua "the banner of the Angel". At his death the business was inherited by his son Francis. Donato Bertelli was printer, publisher and print dealer, was probably born in Padua, as is made clear by some of its branches ("Donatus Bertellius Patavinus") but active in Venice between 1563 and 1574, although it tends to expand its activities 1558 to 1592 on the basis of cartographic material marketed by him in those years. He worked in the workshop of Ferdinando Bertelli - with which it is not yet clear to the family relationship - from whom he inherited the branches etching, substituting his own name. As a publisher chalcographer emerged from his workshop papers invention or derivation Christmas Bonifacio, Giacomo Gastaldi, Ortelius etc.. In view of the large number of cards he initialed the Almagia him as "the principal heir and successor of the most active producers in the second half of the sixteenth century" in Venice. His successor "to the book publishing of St. Mark" was Andrea, who always used the old branches of Donato. Bibliography: Valerio, Cartographers Veneti, p. 149.

Donato BERTELLI (Attivo a Venezia seconda metà del XVI secolo)

Bertelli family represents the largest group of publishers, engravers, cartographers and merchants of prints of the sixteenth century. Ferrando Bertelli was the most productive, active between 1570, the 1560th, but maps of the last quarter of the century are known by the names of Andrea, Donato, Lucca, Nicholas and Peter. This was mainly active in Padua, where he led a workshop in letterpress and engravings. The earliest records show the asset at the date of 1589 as an engraver of several plates for an edition entitled Diversarum nationum habitus which was published in collaboration with Alciato Alciati. Pietro Bertelli had a library in Padua "the banner of the Angel". At his death the business was inherited by his son Francis. Donato Bertelli was printer, publisher and print dealer, was probably born in Padua, as is made clear by some of its branches ("Donatus Bertellius Patavinus") but active in Venice between 1563 and 1574, although it tends to expand its activities 1558 to 1592 on the basis of cartographic material marketed by him in those years. He worked in the workshop of Ferdinando Bertelli - with which it is not yet clear to the family relationship - from whom he inherited the branches etching, substituting his own name. As a publisher chalcographer emerged from his workshop papers invention or derivation Christmas Bonifacio, Giacomo Gastaldi, Ortelius etc.. In view of the large number of cards he initialed the Almagia him as "the principal heir and successor of the most active producers in the second half of the sixteenth century" in Venice. His successor "to the book publishing of St. Mark" was Andrea, who always used the old branches of Donato. Bibliography: Valerio, Cartographers Veneti, p. 149.