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  • Asya Om

    From "World Map Drawn in a Fool's Head." Ca.1590. Ptolemaic projection onto the face of a clown. Map's central visual metaphor is the universality of human folly and various mottoes around the map reinforce that theme. The panel of the left says: “Democritus laughed at it [i.e. the world], Heraclitus wept over it, Epichtonius Cosmopolites portrayed it.” Although Epichtonius Cosmopolites appears to be the author's or artist's name, it translates roughly as “Everyman”.

  • Kayla Shifrin

    “World Map Drawn in a Fool’s Head.” ca. 1590. "This image is one of the enigmas of cartographic history. The artist, date and place of publication are all unknown. The geography of the map strongly resembles that of the world maps of Ortelius published in the 1580s, giving a tentative date of c.1590..." The panel on the left states that the map was made by "Epichtonius Cosmopolites" which more or less means "Everyman." Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

  • Steven McClure

    Old World Map, Antique world maps, Ancient maps, monde fou, mad world, historical maps, wall hanging, antique map, #24

  • Jammie Friday

    Fool's Cap Map: an enigma of cartographic history. The artist, date and place of publication are all unknown, and one can only guess at its purpose. The geography of the map strongly resembles that of the world maps of Ortelius published in the 1580s, giving a tentative date of c. 1590. This is the earliest known use of the world map in a visual joke.

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