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Carta Marina colouring process ( The medieval monster map)

By January 16, 2018 No Comments
carta marina project

The colorization of the map is finished. See a full version of the final Carta Marina here.

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.

Move the slider to see origin.

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 (finished):

23/03-2018

  • The all-seeing whale
  • The Loch Ness

26/01-2018

  • The Working troll
  • The maelstrom
  • Trolls in the mountains

18/01-2018

  • The war ship
  • Battle in Estonia
  • The hunt around Moscow –  and the eagle

16/01-2018

  • Faroe Islands
  • Battle at sea
  • Skating the Baltic sea (Gulf of Finland) and a Swedish Knight

The all-seeing whale

The Loch Ness

The working troll

Trolls in the mountains

The Maelstrom

The war ship

carta marina battle ship carta marina battle ship

Battle in Estonia

The hunt around Moscow –  and the eagle

carta marina moscow bitmedia

Faroe Islands

Battle at sea

Skating the Baltic sea (Gulf of Finland) and a Swedish Knight