Coronelli, Vincenzo

1686

17th century map of the Bohali fortress at Zakynthos, Greece

Fortezza del Zante

DESCRIPTION: Attractive 17th-century plan of the Venetian castle fortress on the island of Zakynthos or "Zante", Greece. Set atop a hill in the Bohali region of Zakynthos, the Bohali Castle is estimated to have been built in 1480 on the site of the ancient Acropolis. During the period of Venetian rule, the Castle was the capital of Zakynthos island, destroyed and repaired several times. In 1646 the walls were completed with help from the Venetians and their presence is apparent on the main outer gate where the wall bears the emblem of the famous Venetian 'Lion of St.Mark'.

Recent archaeological excavations at the Bohali Castle have found monuments from the Byzantine period, including a church dated to the 12th century.

This scarce wood-cut map was published by father Vincenzo Coronelli from Venice, Italy ca 1686 in "Memorie istoriografiche delli regni della Morea e Negroponte…".

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718) was an Italian Franciscan friar, cartographer, cosmographer and encyclopedist. Coronelli, a trained wood engraver, studied astronomy, Euclidean geometry and ancient philosophy and was named cosmographer for the Republic of Venice. He became most famous for his very large globes built in Paris from 1681-1683 at the order of King Louis XIV. His terrestrial and celestial globes measured 3.9 meters in diameter and were not equaled for more than 200 years.

CREATOR: Coronelli, Vincenzo

PUBLICATION DATE: 1686

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Greece

BODY OF WATER: Ionian Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Clean. On strong chain-laid paper with ample margins. Washed.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 2

PRICE: $160


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