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Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola (1643 – 1695) was an important Italian cartographer and engraver active in 17th century Modena. Cantelli da Vignola is best known for pioneering the Italian style of fine bold engraving that would eventually be embraced and expanded upon by Vincenzo Coronelli. Vignola based his works, with maps covering several regions of Europe and the Mediterranean basis as well as Asia, on earlier maps as well as the accounts prepared by travelers and merchants of journeys to foreign lands. Despite an impressive corpus of work, with his 'Mercurio Geografico' in 1688 (published in Rome by Domenico de Rossi), little is known of Vignola and his life. This particular map of the Piedmont region and the hills of Montferrat and Langhe in the north-western corner of Italy, between the Alps and the Riviera, south of the river Po , was realized in 4 sheets. Prospective orography shown with hills. Urban centers are schematically shown and road network are shown. Also shown are the various archbioshop's sees as well as Imperial and Church fiefdoms.
Engraving Information:This artistic reproduction of an antique map was made using the same techniques, materials and instruments used for the original. Map is created from a zinc slab that is mounted on a wooden base and printed by hand, a piece at the time, on a press with a limited production size of 20 pieces each time. Map is printed on cotton-paper panels which are glued and mounted on a cotton cloth background "a stacchi" (slightly separated from each other), in order to allow for folding and easier transport. Finally, map is water-colored by hand, making it a truly unique piece, worthy of the original vintage map.
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