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Portolan Charts

1489 Canepa Portolan Chart

The Mapmaker

1489 Canepa Venice

Genoa is in the center; Venice is to the right, with the Alps and Avignon to the left.

This beautiful portolan chart was made by Albino de Canepa, a Genoese cartographer about whom little is known.

A few things are certain. Apparently Canepa was proud of his home city, which is portrayed much larger than Venice on his map.





Under the magnifying glass: