Map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli
A wish come true
A few weeks ago I was asked to help one of our relatives fulfill a long-held wish. He really wanted the beautifully detailed 1748 map of Rome from Giambattista Nolli’s Pianta Grande de Roma.
How did we help him? I will tell you. But first more information about the map.
Twelve copper plate engravings
The 1748 Map of Rome, by Giambattista Nolli is widely regarded by scholars as one of the most important historical documents of the city ever created.
The map is composed of 12 copper plate engravings that together measure 69×82 inches (176×208 cm). Nolli began surveying in 1736 and engraved in 1748.
Giambattista Nolli – also called Giovanni Battista (1701-1756) was an Italian architect and surveyor.
The Map of Rome he created was far the most accurate description of Rome produced to date at a time when the architectural achievement was in full flower.
With this plan Nolli attempted for a uniform representation of the city of Rome with an understanding of the urban fabric.
He used easy to understand cartographic symbols for the representation.
Several cartographic symbols are used to indicate drains, soldiers’ billets and cemeteries whereas various pictorial symbols represent river crafts, ferry boats, cargo craft and watermills.
How we helped to fulfill a wish
Happily, we were able to make the map available to him in the 12 parts and, with a lot of patience, our relative put all the pieces together himself.
In order to see the detailed information contained in the map, it was essential that the map was printed with the highest quality definition.
Our art-printer Re-Art was then able to print the final image on the highest quality, acid-free fine art paper.