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Worldly ConsumersThe Demand for Maps in Renaissance Italy$
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Genevieve Carlton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226255316

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226255453.001.0001

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Making an Impression

Making an Impression

The Display of Maps in Sixteenth-Century Italian Homes

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(p.143) Chapter Six Making an Impression
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Worldly Consumers
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Genevieve Carlton

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226255453.003.0006

This chapter reconstructs the interior of Italian homes to show how Italians used the domestic display of maps to craft a cosmopolitan identity. Drawing on household inventories, which list the location of maps along with the items surrounding them, this chapter reassembles the placement of maps in the home, demonstrating that individuals intentionally selected specific maps in order to shape their public persona. When combined with advice manuals on the display of maps, this evidence demonstrates that maps were flexible objects that could be deployed in multiple ways depending on the needs of the buyer.

Keywords:   display, maps, homes, sixteenth-century, persona, advice manuals, identity

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