Paris

      1550 Paris
      • The Truschet map of Paris, commissioned in the 1550s by Germain Hoyau under the reign of Henri II, is the most beautiful depiction of Paris of its era, but it was lost to the world until the late-nineteenth century. Olivier Truschet painstakingly engraved the eight plates for this map into wood, from which the original prints were inked. What makes this map remarkable and of great historical importance is that it serves as a visual bridge from Paris’s medieval period to its wealthy,...
      1739 Paris
      • The Turgot map of Paris is widely regarded as the most impressive panoramic map ever made. It captures every building, street, park, monument, and bridge in the city with the finest precision. It is hard to imagine that this was produced during an era where it was impossible to see the city from above, and made by a team of only two artists. Drawn between 1734 and 1736 by Louis Bretez, a talented Parisian artist and member of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and then engraved into metal...