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Leo Belgicus Antique Map of Belgium 1609 - Old Maps and Prints -Vintage Lion Map - Antique Wall Art - History Gift - European Decor
Behold the 1609 map Leo Belgicus (Belgic Lion), both a heraldic device and a popular map design of the Low Countries (current day Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium) drawn in the shape of a lion. This particular design was made by Claes Janszoon Visscher (1587–1652), who came from a long line of Dutch Golden Age draughtsmen, engravers, mapmakers and publishers.
The trademark of the Visscher family was a fisherman, after their name (Fisher). In any given Visscher engraving a small fisherman would be strategically placed somewhere near water. If the subject was a landscape without a stream or pond, then often a figure walking with a fishing rod can be seen. Their map plates were reused for a century by other printers who unknowingly copied the entire plates, including the tell-tale fishermen. Observant scholars are thus able to trace the provenance of bibles, maps, and landscapes from these signs.
This print is a highly detailed scan of an original engraved print and is truly an amazing image perfect for framing. It makes an excellent addition to your home or office, and is a perfect gift for the cartographic aficionado in your life.
This image has been digitally retouched and repaired as necessary, while leaving the foxing, wear, and creases that lend to the intrigue of these old works. This giclee quality art is printed on heavyweight matte archival/ acid-free museum quality stock with lightfast inks rated 100+ years. No watermark will appear on your print. The artwork is printed with a surrounding white margin (included in print size) to aid in framing/matting the print. Your purchase will ship priority mail (US) in a protective kraft tube made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content and up to 30% secondary recycled content.
Given the nature of vintage artwork created before the standardization of print and frame sizes, this item may not conform exactly to the dimensions you choose. To allow for the odd sizing of these images they are printed approximately 2 inches smaller than the paper they are on. This way you receive a standard size paper, with a white surrounding border that allows for easy framing, with or without a matte.
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