The 1560's marked a turning point in the records of the world's navigation realm. Venetian mapmaking went on fire with leading cartographers of the day producing a renowned bespoke atlas. Publisher Antonio Lafreri made the finest example, a 2 volume compilation called the Lafreri-Doria Atlas of 1570. This magnificent book contains 186 printed and manuscript maps and in 2005 sold at Sotheby's in London for the princely sum of £ 1,464,000
Mapmaking not only revealed the world as it was known it revealed the pathways of the mind in traversing land and sea. The conceptual framework of how the world was seen and organized in this dimension gives us a pattern for expansion. Enhanced by expert silk weavers from Lucca, Venice produced some of the most notable velvets with motifs
charged by influential touchpoints around the globe.
In 1431 a Venetian merchant ship from Crete ran into a storm in the English Channel and Captain Pietro Querini with only a few men made it to shore....
let the traveller enjoy!
A modern menu inspired by the travels and tastes of Venice 1570 now highlighted
with fresh ingredients for my Salon Supper Soireé ~
Hazelnut Soup with Crocanti
Arugula & Tangerine Salad
Baccalá alla Vicentina
Pistachio pots de créme with Madeleine cookies (Mimi Thorisson)
My Venetian Marble Stone Silk ~ reminiscent of ancient maps, Renaissance style
and imaginative journeys for all kinds of adventurers.