Portolan chart of the western and central Mediterranean (Bartomeu Olives)

Portolan chart Mediterranean Bartomeu Olives

Portolan chart of the western and central Mediterranean, Bartomeu Olives, 1538

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Núm. d’inventari: 9796

Nom d’objecte: portolan chart

Títol: Portolan chart of the western and central Mediterranean

Data de l’objecte: 1538

Autor: Bartomeu Olives

Tècnica i material: coloured drawing on parchment

Cartography

Nautical chart on coloured parchment, made in Majorca in 1538 by Bartomeu Olives. Bartomeu and his brother Jaume founded a dynasty of Majorcan mapmakers active from 1538 to 1588 in the cities of Messina, Venice and Palermo.

The chart shows the western and central Mediterranean up to Crete, the Atlantic shores of the Iberian Peninsula up to Finisterre, and the coast of North Africa. On the neck of the parchment, located to the west, there is a representation of Saint Nicholas.