The borders of Pieter van den Keere’s twelve-sheet map depict fourteen cities and the rulers of seven nations. Eighteen stylised pairs of figures representing a span of cultures complete the frame. Inward, six female figures signify the continents, with Europe at the head.
Pieter's intricate painting now features on Pomegranate's 1,000-piece jigsaw and will delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.
Puzzle size: 51 x 74 cm
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World Map, 1611, by Pieter van den Keere (Dutch, c. 1570–1646).
The map itself may seem to favor ornate tableaux over navigation—that’s Peace being crowned by Victory in the Pacific—but actually includes the latest discoveries, necessary to stay competitive in the bustling Amsterdam publishing market. Not just a map, this visual encyclopedia was an armchair guide to the peoples and cultures of the seventeenth-century world.