Local Map published contemporarily + adjacently
when in Utrecht Caravaggio’s Light rose
Utrecht – Vltraiectinvs, Episcop(atvs). With title-cartouche, 2 ships, and figurative miles indicator.
Map of the Utrecht diocese 1 : 150,000
designed by the surveyor Balthasar Florisz. van Berckenrode (Delft 1591 – The Hague 1644)
in likewise contemporarily colored engraving
by Evert Simonsz. van Hamersveldt (1591 – 1653). Inscribed: Auct. Balthazaro Florentio a Berkenrode. Amstelodami, apud Henricum Hondium, Sub insigno Atlantis. Ao. 1628., otherwise as above, and as reflecting the engraver’s view of himself in separate small own cartouche at the lower margin: Evert Sijmonszoon Hamersveldt sculpsit. 15 × 19⅜ in (38 × 49.3 cm).
Keuning 185; Koeman 165. – From the Mercator Atlas in the Hondius edition of 1630 (Koeman Me 29A) for which this map was expressly created by van Berckenrode during his Amsterdam period (1619/34) as “in graphic respect and with regard to geometrical reliability one of the
greatest Netherlandish cartographers of the 17th century”
(Koeman). Replacing Mercator’s map of Utrecht still contained in the 1628 edition and therefore present here
in its earliest impression
bearing Henricus’ address Sub insigno Atlantis on the Dam where also brother Jodocus II pursued his map trade. The historical-geographical text on the back in Latin. – De Leck (Neder Rijn) from below Rhenen, thus not with Emmerich anymore as according to Verbeek, Die Niederrheinansichten Jan de Beyers, 1957, p. 41) once belonging to the diocese. In the north adjoining to Haerlemmer Meer + Zuyder Zee. – Especially in the wide white margin foxed, otherwise fine copy
of this contemporary map of Utrecht
very effectively stamped ( dike-net ! )
by the whole plenty of surveying knowledge
where during the Golden Age, returning from Italy, the Caravaggists with Honthorst and Ter-Brugghen at the top ignited Caravaggio’s revolution of light, but also spread his naturalism, and by this furnished the then Utrecht school of Abraham Bloemaert (“When Rubens came to Utrecht [in 1627] he did not miss to visit B., and also Elisabeth, the queen of Bohemia, honored him with her visit”, Thieme-Becker) with a raised dimension, influencing the non-Italianate Bloemaert himself as a Vermeer van Delft just as the genre painting of Frans Hals and the German Joachim von Sandrart, while “The influence … on the young Rembrandt … certainly (is) the most important chapter within the reception of the Caravaggesque art by the Dutch” (Arthur von Schneider, Caravaggio und die Niederländer, 1933, in not updated second edition of 1967, the latter here p. 67). Created into this environment then
present Berckenrode-Hondius map of Utrecht
as a collector’s item of degree
to the Utrecht school
so important for Dutch painting of the 17th century .
Offer no. 15,051 / EUR 570. / export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping
“ Thank you so much for that comprehensive background to the above titled (Brierly) print which has intrigued me … ”
(Mr. R. H., July 12, 2014)