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16th Century Collection

Step back in time to the 16th century, a period of exploration and cultural richness

Background image16th Century Collection: Map of Venice in 1500, by Jacopo de Barbari

Map of Venice in 1500, by Jacopo de Barbari
Cartography, Italy, 16th century. Map of Venice in 1500, by Jacopo de Barbari

Background image16th Century Collection: Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci

Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci. Historical artwork and notes on the anatomy of the human skull and teeth, by the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Background image16th Century Collection: The Long Room in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Europe

The Long Room in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: The Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, Punjab, India, Asia

The Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, Punjab, India, Asia

Background image16th Century Collection: Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570

Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570
Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire. This map is from the 1570 first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum ( Theatre of the World )

Background image16th Century Collection: India, Punjab, Amritsar, - Golden Temple, The Harmandir Sahib, Amrit Sagar - lake of Nectar

India, Punjab, Amritsar, - Golden Temple, The Harmandir Sahib, Amrit Sagar - lake of Nectar
The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) and Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) (Lake of Nectar), illuminated at dusk, Amritsar, Punjab, India, Asia

Background image16th Century Collection: GGBR2A-00076

GGBR2A-00076
Map of Scotland in the 1520s, showing territories of the Highland Clans. Printed color lithograph of a 19th century illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Mexican flag, Plaza of the Constitution (Zocalo), Metropolitan Cathedral in background

Mexican flag, Plaza of the Constitution (Zocalo), Metropolitan Cathedral in background, Mexico City, Mexico D.F. Mexico, North America

Background image16th Century Collection: Da Vincis crossbow

Da Vincis crossbow. Late 19th Century reproduction of a page from a notebook written by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), showing his design for a giant crossbow. Published circa 1894-1904

Background image16th Century Collection: Durers world map, 1515

Durers world map, 1515. Albrecht Durer (1471- 1528) was a German artist. His skillful use of perspective and mathematical proportions made him one of the outstanding artistic figures of the early

Background image16th Century Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background image16th Century Collection: HENRY WRIOTHESLEY (1573-1624). 3rd Earl of Southampton in the Tower of London

HENRY WRIOTHESLEY (1573-1624). 3rd Earl of Southampton in the Tower of London. Oil painting by John de Critz, 1603

Background image16th Century Collection: Nottingham Castle in the 1500s

Nottingham Castle in the 1500s
Nottingham Castle overlooking the surrounding countryside in the 1500s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Map of Palestine, 1588

Map of Palestine, 1588
16th century map of Palestine. North is towards upper right. Published in 1588, this German map shows the geography of Palestine, centred on the area that later become the state of Israel

Background image16th Century Collection: Mostar old bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar old bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Background image16th Century Collection: 16th century map of the British Isles

16th century map of the British Isles
Map of the British Isles, in the 1570 edition of Ortelius Atlas (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was a Flemish mapmaker who is considered to have produced the first true atlas

Background image16th Century Collection: 16th Century Plan of Florence

16th Century Plan of Florence
16th century plan of Florence, Italy. Detail from the map of Etruria (Tuscany and Northern Lazio), in the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Museum.The Gallery of Maps holds maps which were commissioned

Background image16th Century Collection: John Calvin

John Calvin portrait. Hand-colored engraving

Background image16th Century Collection: Map of Europe, 1600

Map of Europe, 1600
16th century map of Europe. Published in Sienna in 1600, this Italian map shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: The Old Market Hall and Robert Clive statue, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

The Old Market Hall and Robert Clive statue, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: SURVEYORS. Surveyors at work on land and sea. Colored German engraving, 1594

SURVEYORS. Surveyors at work on land and sea. Colored German engraving, 1594

Background image16th Century Collection: 1490 Leonardo Da Vinci colour portrait

1490 Leonardo Da Vinci colour portrait
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor (15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519). Engraved portrait by J. Posselwhite in The Gallery of Portraits 1835 with later colouring

Background image16th Century Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Raphaels Rooms, Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, Vatican Museum, Rome, Lazio

Raphaels Rooms, Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, Vatican Museum, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: ChAteau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre

ChAteau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre
Chateau de Chenonceau over the Cher River at dusk, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France

Background image16th Century Collection: LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting

LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting, 16th century

Background image16th Century Collection: 16th century world map

16th century world map
World map, published around 1565 in Venice, Italy, by Italian mapmaker Ferando Bertelli. The title of the map: Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui

Background image16th Century Collection: APHRODITE / VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli

APHRODITE / VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli
APHRODITE/VENUS. Detail of Venus. Canvas, by Sandro Botticelli

Background image16th Century Collection: Tower of London in the late Middle Ages

Tower of London in the late Middle Ages
London during the time of Henry VII (1457-1509). Color lithograph reproduction of an illuminated manuscript: Roy 16F, ii

Background image16th Century Collection: Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring

Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring
LEONARDO DA VINCI. Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring

Background image16th Century Collection: Map of Scandinavia, from Carta Marina, Sea Map by Olaus Magnus, 1539

Map of Scandinavia, from Carta Marina, Sea Map by Olaus Magnus, 1539
Cartography, 16th century. Map of Scandinavia. From Carta Marina (Sea Map) by Olaus Magnus, 1539

Background image16th Century Collection: Lithograph of The Cross, Chichester, 1834

Lithograph of The Cross, Chichester, 1834
The Market Cross, Chichester, from the north-east, drawn on stone by T M Baynes from an original drawing by Owen B Carter, Architect Fuller Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: F-PD 215

Background image16th Century Collection: Spanish galleon at sea

Spanish galleon at sea
Spanish galleon, an improved caravel three times longer than wide, used in the 1500s and 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Use of an arquebusse, 16th century

Use of an arquebusse, 16th century
Spanish arquebusier, 1500s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare

Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare
Theatrical performance in the days of Shakespeare. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: Shrewsbury, England, in the 1500s

Shrewsbury, England, in the 1500s
High Street, Shrewsbury, in Tudor England. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background image16th Century Collection: A Sikh pilgrim pauses for reflection by Amrit Sarovar

A Sikh pilgrim pauses for reflection by Amrit Sarovar, the Pool of Immortality-Giving Nectar, and the Golden Temple. India, Punjab, Amritsar

Background image16th Century Collection: St. Peters Square and St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City, UNESCO World Heritage Site

St. Peters Square and St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Background image16th Century Collection: SEPHIROTIC TREE OF LIFE. Illustration from Portae Lucis, 1516, by Paul Ricci

SEPHIROTIC TREE OF LIFE. Illustration from Portae Lucis, 1516, by Paul Ricci

Background image16th Century Collection: Doges Palace and Campanile after sunset, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Doges Palace and Campanile after sunset, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: Bath Abbey interior, Bath, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Avon and Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Bath Abbey interior, Bath, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Avon and Somerset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: City Hall at sunset, Market Square, Old Town, Rzeszow, Poland, Europe

City Hall at sunset, Market Square, Old Town, Rzeszow, Poland, Europe

Background image16th Century Collection: 16th century woodcut of a woundman

16th century woodcut of a woundman
Woodcut of a woundman, showing the unfortunate individual covered in wounds and festooned with a variety of weapons of war

Background image16th Century Collection: Trundholm Sun Chariot

Trundholm Sun Chariot
The Trundholm Sun Chariot is a late Nordic branze Age artifact discovered in Denmark that has been interpreted as a dispiction of the sun being pulled by a mare that may have relation to later Norse

Background image16th Century Collection: John Dee and Edward Kelly

John Dee and Edward Kelly
John Dee, English alchemist, mathematician and astrologer, with his assistant Edward Kelly, medium, alchemist and sorcerer

Background image16th Century Collection: THE ANNUNCIATION. Icon. Moscow School, Russia, 16th century

THE ANNUNCIATION. Icon. Moscow School, Russia, 16th century

Background image16th Century Collection: John Calvin and the four syndics at Geneva

John Calvin and the four syndics at Geneva
John Calvin and the four syndics founding the seminary which became the College of Geneva, 1559. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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Step back in time to the 16th century, a period of exploration and cultural richness. Jacopo de Barbari's intricate Map of Venice in 1500 transports us to the enchanting canals and vibrant streets of this Italian city-state. As we journey further east, we find ourselves in Amritsar, Punjab, India, where the majestic Golden Temple stands tall amidst the serene Amrit Sagar lake. Leonardo da Vinci's detailed Skull Anatomy reminds us of the scientific advancements made during this era. Across Europe, Trinity College's Long Room beckons with its shelves lined with centuries-old books, offering a glimpse into intellectual pursuits of scholars from Dublin. Meanwhile, on another continent, Mexico proudly displays its flag against the backdrop of Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo), with the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral towering above. The Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) reappears on our journey as we explore Asia's rich heritage. Its golden splendor shines brightly in Amritsar once again. Pieter Bruegel the Elder takes us to a snowy landscape through his masterpiece "Hunters in the Snow, " capturing both nature's beauty and human activity during winter. German engraving from 1594 showcases surveyors diligently working on land and sea – a testament to expanding knowledge and cartography during this time. Abraham Ortelius' map reveals an Ottoman Empire at its height in 1570 while Dürer’s world map from 1515 provides insight into how people perceived geography centuries ago. Finally, Da Vinci surprises us yet again with his crossbow design – an example of his multifaceted genius that spanned artistry and engineering alike.