The Global Eye Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese Maps in the Collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici

During a visit to the Netherlands, between 1667 and 1668, Prince Cosimo III de' Medici (1642‐1723) purchased sixty‐five hand‐painted geographical maps and city views from Johannes Vingboons (1616‐1670), a cartographer and copyist for the Dutch India Companies, through the book dealer and fine arts connoisseur Pieter Blaeu (1636‐1706) who acted as a go‐between.

Through the lenses of Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish cartography and landscapes gathered in the cartographic collection of Cosimo III de' Medici, the project The Global Eye reconstructs how connected global world of the mid‐17th century was taking shape and reveals a remarkable circulation of men and knowledge between the Netherlands, Portugal and Tuscany during the modern era.

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