I have started a personal project. To colour the magnificent Carta Marina map made by Olaus Magnus. I got my hands on a version from Uppsala University library. The true original is completely without any colour. I have decided to put colour on the map made in 1539. This page will show detailed progress in my work.
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The map is centered on Scandia, which is shown in the largest size text on the map and placed on the middle of Sweden. The map covers the Nordic lands of “Svecia” (Svealand), “Gothia” (Götaland), “Norvegia” (Norway), Dania (Denmark), Islandia (Iceland), Finlandia (Finland), and Livonia (Estonia and Latvia).
The map, which 1.70 m wide by 1.25 m tall, was printed in black and white from nine 55×40 cm woodcut blocks sequenced from west to east and north to south and identified in the center with the letters A through I.
See the original map from Uppsala universitetsbibliotek
Updates to Carta marina:
- The all-seeing whale
- The Loch Ness
- The Working troll
- The maelstrom
- Trolls in the mountains
- The war ship
- Battle in Estonia
- The hunt around Moscow – and the eagle
- Faroe Islands
- Battle at sea
- Skating the Baltic sea (Gulf of Finland) and a Swedish Knight