Conférence : Elli Doulkaridou, “The Battista Agnese Atlas of the John Carter Brown Library. Preliminary remarks on its decorative system”. En ligne, 20 janvier 2021, 21h (Paris)


About eighty manuscript atlases made by the prolific sixteenth-century Italian cartographer Battista Agnese survive. However, none of these manuscripts carries such an extensive decorative program as the John Carter Brown Library’s example.

Probably destined as a gift to Philip II of Spain, the Atlas’ borders weave a subtle discourse. Enveloping the known and discovered new worlds in ornate frames, the Atlas encourages a global, geopolitical, and aesthetic perspective on Charles V’s son and heir.

This talk will explore the maps’ unique and intriguing decorative discourse as well as its commission context.

The talk is sponsored by the research network GEOPAM (, and will take place at 9 pm Paris time / 3 pm East Coast time.

The talk is open to all; please register in advance by writing to to receive the link.

High-resolution images of the atlas may be consulted at

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