Abraham Patriarchae Peregrinatio et Vita Original Antique Print
Published 1586, this elaborate mapping of the Holy Land complete with twenty-two medallions depicting the life of Abraham the Patriarch was published by Abraham Ortelius in 1586 for his THEATRUM ORBIS TERRARUM. Ortelius’ extraordinary talents as a cartographer, historian and an artist are highlighted as a culmination in this biblical theme engraving. Of special interest is the illustration of the land of Canaan in the time of the Patriarchs with the territorial divisions being revised from the story of Abraham in Genesis. Among the biblical subjects depicted on the medallion images are Abraham leaving Ur, receiving the promise of the land, the birth of Issac and the outcasting of Hagar, the sacrifice of Issac and the funerals of Sarah and Abraham. This map, finely hand coloured, is embellished with a very detailed biblical cartouche and framed by the promise of Abraham as an inscription.
Frame: 37″ x 34″
Map: 13 3/4” x 17 3/4”