Crescentino

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Reference: S39319
Author Ferrando BERTELLI
Year: 1568 ca.
Zone: Crescentino
Printed: Venice
Measures: 240 x 180 mm
€675.00

Description

Inside the city walls is engraved, in large letters, the title: CRESCENTINO. In the lower left corner the monogram that probably identifies the engraver of the plate; we read the initials "EB" but could also be "FB" because the first letter is cut off by another engraved sign.Orientation provided by a compass rose, north at the bottom.

 

 Etching and engraving, printed on contemporary laid paper, with margins, in excellent condition.

 

This is an approximate copy of Paolo Forlani's 1567 plate, made in a neglected style. However, the scheme is different and the orientation opposite. The work is extremely rare; examples are found in sixteenth-century collections of large format, such as that of the Biblioteca Estense, where it is printed on a sheet with the plan of Fano. An example is included in the Helsinky copy of the Civitatum aliquot insigniorum et locorum, magis munitorum exacta delineatio: cum additione aliquot insularum principalium published in Venice in 1568 by Ferrando Bertelli, which can be attributed this edition..

Altra opera di notevole interesse nell’ambito della cartografia urbana rinascimentale è il Civitatum aliquot insigniorum et locorum… di Ferdinando o Ferrando Bertelli. Bertelli nasce a Boarno di Salo, l’odierna Vobarno, intorno al 1520. Incisore, editore, calcografo e mercante di stampe attivo a Venezia all’insegna di S. Marco in Merzaria. Poco conosciamo della sua vita, di certo collaboro con Camocio e con Paolo Forlani per l’edizione e la vendita di incisioni, carte geografiche e piante di città. Nel filone dell’iconografia urbana, Ferrando si inserì nel periodo di iniziale fervore editoriale, che coinvolse molti degli editori veneziani. La sua opera più importante e appunto la raccolta dal frontespizio bilingue, italiano e latino, Civitatum aliquot insigniorum et locorum, magis munitorum exacta delineatio: cum additione aliquot insularum principalium. Disegni di alcune piu illustri citta, et fortezze del mondo, con aggionta di alcune Isole principali, con imprint Ferrando Bertelli formis M.D.LXVIII (1568). Si tratta di un’opera molto particolare, priva di indice, e quindi, anche in questo caso come già abbiamo visto per il Primo Libro di Forlani-Zenoi, ogni esemplare esaminato risulta diverso dall’altro. Questa peculiarità avvalora l’ipotesi che le raccolte urbane venissero assemblate secondo la richiesta del committente. La mancanza di indice, unitamente al fatto che il frontespizio venne in seguito utilizzato da Donato Bertelli (con il quale non si è potuto stabilire un legame di parentela) fa si che sotto lo stesso titolo possano talvolta ritrovarsi collezioni eterogenee, sia per soggetti che per numero di immagini. Altro elemento che caratterizza la raccolta di cartografia urbana di Bertelli è la presenza, sulla scia della tradizione rinascimentale veneziana, di numerose carte raffiguranti le isole, firmate dallo stesso Ferrando ma anche dal dalmata Natale Bonifacio (1538-1592). Per quanto riguarda le vedute e piante di città Bertelli si affida a molteplici incisori, alcuni dei quali rimangono noti solamente attraverso il monogramma riportato sulla lastra. Le opere sono monogrammate A.B., F.F., E.B. e L.P. Quest’ultimo e stato identificato con l’artista Lodovico Pozzoserrato o Lodovico Pozzo da Treviso (italianizzazione di Lodewijk Toeput, 1550-1605 circa), pittore e incisore fiammingo naturalizzato italiano, attivo in Veneto e in particolar modo a Treviso. Molte delle opere sono derivazioni (ovvero copie) di quelle pubblicate da Paolo Forlani nel Primo Libro del 1567. Altre lastre sono incise da Domenico Zenoi, Orazio Bertelli e alcune incisioni di Nicolo Nelli” (cfr. S. 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. 122-123).

Extremely rare.

References:

Bifolco-Ronca, Cartografia e topografia italiana del XVI secolo, 2018, p. 2140, tav. 1087; Destombes (1970): n. 188; Meurer (2002): n. 138; Tavernari (2014): n. 154; Nordenskiold (1981): n. 12(35); cfr. Valerio (1998): p. 43, n. 35.

Ferrando 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. Bertelli was wandering engraver, copperplate engraver and publisher, print dealer active in Venice between 1561 and 1572. We do not have the precise biographical Bertelli. He teamed with Camocio and the Forlani for the edition and trade cards and plants, they should also become the core business of spreading in the city by Italian and foreign ones, increasing the development of cartography. As a publisher chalcographer emerged from his workshop papers invention of Giacomo Gastaldi, Pirro Ligorio etc.. Although numerous papers of Drawings of the most illustrious cities and fortresses in the world (Venice 1568) bear his signature. Of 1572 is his last edition, the famous islands, harbors, fortresses … Sig.ria subject to Venice, a collection of 88 maps and charts, loose and perhaps already published some of them attributable to the engraving by Martin Rota Sibenik . Later, Ferrando mapss were reprinted by Donato Bertelli (by which we can not determine whether there were family ties) and Donato Rascicotti. Bibliography: Valerio, Cartographers Veneti, p. 149.

Ferrando 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. Bertelli was wandering engraver, copperplate engraver and publisher, print dealer active in Venice between 1561 and 1572. We do not have the precise biographical Bertelli. He teamed with Camocio and the Forlani for the edition and trade cards and plants, they should also become the core business of spreading in the city by Italian and foreign ones, increasing the development of cartography. As a publisher chalcographer emerged from his workshop papers invention of Giacomo Gastaldi, Pirro Ligorio etc.. Although numerous papers of Drawings of the most illustrious cities and fortresses in the world (Venice 1568) bear his signature. Of 1572 is his last edition, the famous islands, harbors, fortresses … Sig.ria subject to Venice, a collection of 88 maps and charts, loose and perhaps already published some of them attributable to the engraving by Martin Rota Sibenik . Later, Ferrando mapss were reprinted by Donato Bertelli (by which we can not determine whether there were family ties) and Donato Rascicotti. Bibliography: Valerio, Cartographers Veneti, p. 149.