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Featured Framing Project - Mexico and Cusco

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We framed these views showing Mexico City, Mexico and Cusco, Peru, for a client who wanted to achieve a traditional, elegant look. The 22kt gilded frame and fillet show subtle hints of the red clay base, which was chosen to highlight the rusty reds of the rooftops and buildings.  To add color we selected a slate-colored fabric, giving depth to the mountains in the distance. The effect is dramatic without being overpowering.

The hand-colored copperplate engraving dating to 1582 was published as part of a six-volume work, Civitates Orbis Terrarum, by Braun and Hogenberg from 1572 to 1622. Civitates Orbis Terrarum was the first collection of town plans and views, containing 542 bird's eye views of world cities.  This two-part sheet of Mexico City and Cusco represents the only cities from the anywhere in the New World in the entire work and illustrates the impressive civilizations of the Incan and Aztec cultures at the time of their conquest by the Spanish conquistadors.  Mexico City is shown in its lake-center setting.

Mexico Regia et Celebris Hispaniae Novae Civitas (Mexico, the royal and famous city of New Spain) and Cusco Regni Peru in Novo Orbe Caput (Cusco, capital of the Kingdom of Peru in the New World) show capital cities of their respective cultures and are important early views of cities that would not have been well-known to most Europeans at the time.

 Framed to conservation standards with archival materials.


Framed to conservation standards with archival materials.