Duchy of Milan

  • Author: Abraham Ortelius
  • Date: 1603
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very good
  • Inches: 12 1/4 x 18 7/8 plate mark
  • Centimeters: 31.41 x 48.40 plate mark
  • Price: $1,200.00

Title: DVCATVS MEDIOLANENSIS, FINITIMARVMQ REGIONÛ DESCRIPTIO, AVCTORE IOANNE GEORGIO SEPTALA MEDIOLANENSE. (A representation of the Duchy of Milan and the surrounding area by Giovanni Georgio Septala of Milan). From Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp, 1603

The Duchy of Milan was a state in northern Italy from 1395 to 1797. It was part of the Holy Roman Empire, by then a decentralised entity, and was ruled by several dynasties, most of them major powers from outside Italy. Although the Duchy's territory varied over the centuries, it generally covered much of Lombardy, including both Milan and Pavia, the traditional centers of the old Kingdom of Italy. Parma was also a part of the Duchy until it was split off into its own Duchy in the 16th century.

On this finely engraved and hand-colored map, which shows West at top, Milan is almost dead-center, to the immediate left of the two southward-pointing fingers of Lake Como. In the lower left is a fine drawing of a galleon, with a smaller launch alongside.

References: Van Den Broeke, Wikipedia article Duchy of Milan
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