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Matthaus Seutter: Milano

Map: IT2097
 
Cartographer: Matthaus Seutter
Title: Milano
Date: c. 1740
Published: Augsburg
Width: 23 inches / 59 cm
Height: 19 inches / 49 cm
Map ref: IT2097
Description:
Superb plan of Milan, accompanied by a skillfully engraved panoramic view of the city.

“Prospect maps" were very much a German invention and heavily used by the pre-eminent publishing houses of that country. Initially popularised by Johann Baptist Homann, they were then continued by both Homanns Heirs and Homann’s apprentice, Matthias Seutter. Finally, Matthias Lotter, Seutter’s apprentice, continued with the tradition well into the late-18th century. Their format usually consists of a large city plan with a panorama or prospect on the lower border. This was an attempt by the cartographer to exploit both the newly emerging market for panoramic prints, together with the more traditional map market.

Original hand-colour. [IT2097]