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Atlante nautico, Giovanni Oliva (facsimile)
    • Setting:
      Room V
    • Author:
      Giovanni Oliva
    • Date:
      original 1616 / facsimile 2010
    • Dimensions:
      facsimile 51,5x33,5 cm
    • Inventory:
      Firenze, Museo Galileo, MED GF032
    • Atlante nautico, Giovanni Oliva (facsimile)

This refined atlas is the work of Giovanni Oliva, a captain and mapmaker from Messina who headed the Livorno cartographic workshop from 1618 to 1650. The volume was probably produced in Marseille for Maria de' Medici. It comprises eighteen finely decorated maps showing the Mediterranean, Europe, the East Indies, and the New World, as well as an oval planisphere inspired by Abraham Ortelius's prototype.