The large planisphere designed by Martin Waldseemüller in 1507 and consisting of 12 sheets (138 cm high and 238 cm wide) represents the most up-to-date map of the time, based on the geographical knowledge gained from Spanish and Portuguese overseas navigations, starting with those collected by Amerigo Vespucci during his sailings in the New World from 1497 to 1504 (it is in honour of Vespucci that Waldseemüller christened those lands with the name America). Interactive exploration makes it possible to appreciate the density of the information contained in the map and to decipher its structures and graphic symbols.
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Virtual reality
Language: Italian and English
Owner: Manuela Ghizzoni (Modernalia)
Copyright: © 2016 Museo Galileo
Abstract: Interactive exploration of the planisphere drawn up in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller using measurements and information gleaned from navigators and cartographers then in the service of Spain and Portugal