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Fun facts about Maps and Atlases

Maps and Atlases

Cartography, the workmanship, and study of mapmaking started before the invention of writing map making keeps on being principal to a comprehension of the phenomena it represents graphically. Some interesting fun facts about maps and atlases are listed below.

Maps and Atlases


In early days, Mapmakers included fake towns to detect forgers. Papertowns are fake places added to the maps by cartographers to provoke forgers to copy them, resulting in exposing themselves to charges of copyright violation. Agloe, NY was a town faked by cartographers, but it ended up as an actual landmark.

Google’s paper town:

Argleton, England was a paper town created by Google. Argleton likewise showed up in various postings for things, for example, real estate and letting operators, work organizations and climate, surprisingly, all these were real. It was some other place in the same postcode district.

The first roadmap:

The Turin Papyrus Map is considered to be the first roadmap. The Turin Papyrus map is an ancient Egyptian map. The map was collected by Bernardino Drovetti. The map is now preserved in Turin’s Museo Egidio, an archaeological museum in Italy.

The RudimentumNovitiorum:

The RudimentumNovitiorum is the first printed modern map. It was assigned the purpose to serve as a textbook and scholarly material for young scholars and clerics. It is a fascinating encyclopedia organized on medieval Christian theology.

America was named after a cartographer:

The naming of America happened soon after it was discovered by Columbus in 1492. The name was derived from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian cartographer. Amerigo Vespucci is the first cartographer to demonstrate that Brazil and West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirt.

A Cholera outbreak was stopped using maps:

In the mid-19th century, there was a cholera outbreak in London. A man named Jon Snow made a map of cholera cases and came to a conclusion a specific public water pump caused the outbreak and able to stop the spread immediately.

The Playing-card Map:

During the World War II, a playing card company helped the soldiers of America and Britain by creating a pack of playing cards with multiple layers. If soldiers were being held captive, they could soak the card in water, which discloses a map which would help them escape.

The world’s best map collection:

Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris is the National Library of France and also the National Repository of all that is published in France. Bibliotheque Nationale de France has the world’s best map collection.

Leonardo Da Vinci Paintings and Drawings

The Last Supper

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, musician, sculptor, painter, writer, botanist, and anatomist. Leonardo is often described as the typical example of the “Renaissance man,” a person whose boundless curiosity was only made even with his power of invention. He is also considered as one of the greatest painters of all time, and the most talented person ever walked the earth.

The Last Supper

Works of Da Vinci:

Two of his work, the Mona Lisa, and the Last Supper take over the unique position as the most famous, most reproduced, and the most parodied painting and a religious portrait of all time.

Mona Lisa:

It was painted with oil on cottonwood. The size is 76.8 x 53 cm (30.2 x 20.9 in). This famous painting of all time is a mystery. It is unclear that whether the painting is a portrait of the wife of Francesco del Gioconda as traditionally believed. Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile remains to be a subject of consideration and speculation even today. The painting can be seen in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

The Last Supper:

It was painted with tempera on gesso. The size is 460 x 880 cm (181 x 346 in). The mural painting represents Jesus and his twelve disciples and the scenario when Jesus says that one of them will betray him. The painting can be seen at the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.

Vitruvian Man:

It was drawn with pen and ink on paper. The size of the painting is 34.3 x 24.5 cm (13.5 x 9.6 in). The illustration which portrays a man in two superimposed positions inside a square and circle is named after the designer Vitruvius, in light of the fact that it is joined by content which depends on the draftsman’s work. The Galleriedell’Academia holds the Vitruvian Man in Venice, Italy. However, it isn’t shown forever.

Lady with an Ermine:

It was painted with oil on wood panel. The size of the painting is 55 x 40 cm (21.6 x 15.7 in). The model of the painting has been recognized as Cecilia Gallerani who was a fancy woman of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The artistic creation is one of just four Leonardo da Vinci’s female pictures beside La dame Ferronniere (which is additionally thought to speak to Cecilia Gallerani), Ginevra de’ Benci and Mona Lisa. Woman with an Ermine is shown in the Czartoryski Museum, Krakow, Poland.