Pen-and-ink and watercolor on vellum by Joan Oliva, circa 1590
Fine art replica giclée print © 2021 by Allen Bjorkman
Portolan map of the Central Mediterranean Sea
Image Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches
Matted Dimensions 14 3/4 x 19 1/2
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Portolan charts are nautical charts, first made in the 13th century in the Mediterranean basin and later expanded to include other regions, which have been noted for their high cartographic accuracy. The word portolan comes from the Italian portulano, meaning "related to ports or harbors", and which since at least the 17th century designates "a collection of sailing directions".