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Kraus 26, Venetia. Fundavit eam Deus super maria mirabiliter. (Circa 1688)

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Title   Venetia. Fundavit eam Deus super maria mirabiliter.
Alternate Title   Venice. He set it upon the seas, God, wonderfully.
Cartographer   Scolari, Stefano, fl. 1598-1650
Subject   Venice (Italy)--Maps
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Circa 1688
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   26
Dimensions in mm.   565 x 980 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Large engraved view-plan (565 X 980 mm.) with contemporary coloring; with small portraits of the Doges in multiple compartments to each side; in the center, above, the large portrait of the Doge Francesco Morosini, with two views to the right and to the left; four views and one text section below. Some repairs. Mounted on old heavy brown fabric. Overall measure 930 x 1380 mm.

This remarkable large Venetian view is unrecorded, so far as we have been able to find. It is not known to Marinelli; both Nagler and Le Blanc list some engravings which bear Stefano Scolari's name, but neither has anything about this piece, which is also not mentioned in Thieme-Becker's note on Scolari. Nagler, in fact, gives Scolari's period of activity as 1650-1670, while the present piece can be dated to 1688 or later, from the accession date of the Doge Morosini. It should be noted, however, that since the border material is added as paste-ons, it is possible that the view appeared before Morosini's reign and was brought up to date by simply substituting his portrait for that of an earlier Doge.

Both the large view-plan and two of the surrounding engravings bear Scolari's engraved signature as publisher: "Steffano Scolari form(is) in Venetia". One of the surrounding views bears the signature of one Franco (“Franco forma con privilegio”), possibly Giacomo Franco whose name is found on a number of Venetian maps.

The view-plan has been varnished in the past, and as a result is darkened; four of the border engravings have been cleaned, however, and display colors brighter than the old coloring of the view and other border parts; one border engraving has been silked.

The view of Venice is undoubtedly rarer than the famous Jacopo de Barberi view of the previous century (see Kraus 2).

Not in Saggio di Cartografia delle Regione Veneta (ed. Marinelli).
See Nagler, Kuenstlerlex (1911), XVIII, 154; Le Blanc, Manuel, III, 488.