World, 1502, Cantino Planisphere, Antique Map, Framed



The Cantino Planisphere is one of the most significant surviving cartographic documents. Created by an anonymous Portuguese mapmaker, it depicts the world as only known to the Portuguese at the time. The large manuscript map contained the latest Portuguese discoveries around the world — the Brazilian coast of South America, explorations of the northern parts of South America and the North American coast from Florida to New York, a detailed account of the Indian Ocean, and a remarkably accurate coastline of all of Africa. All that was strategic information which was privileged and highly restricted at the time. The manuscript also features the Tordesillas Meridian — a demarkation line from the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, according to which Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), divided all the non-Christian world between the crowns of Castile and Portugal. The Cantino Planisphere was named after Alberto Cantino, an Italian spy employed by the Duke of Ferrara, who in 1502 managed to smuggle the extraordinarily valuable manuscript from Portugal into Italy. (This item is also available unframed.)

Cantino Planisphere, a 1502 manuscript map depicting the world as known to the Europeans
• Custom-framed: solid wood dark walnut frame, facing, backing, wires; ready to hang
• Fine Art Premium Giclée (Gouttelette) Print (100% cotton 340 gsm fine art paper)
• Made in USA