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The Portolan Mystery: Carte Pisane Antique Map

30 May
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The Portolan Mystery: Carte Pisane   The mystery that is Carte Pisane Antique Map  is one of the most important documents in the history of navigation. The Carte Pisane is the earliest surviving portolan chart that is speculated to have been drawn between 1290 and 1300, and is now located in the Bibliothèque Nationale Library […]

Custom map by Lisa Middleton: The Hiking Trails of Yellowstone National Park

23 May
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Yellowstone National Park Hiking Trails Custom Map by Lisa Middleton       Largely situated in Wyoming and extending into Idaho and Montana, the Yellowstone National Park is a natural, scientific, and scenic unspoiled beauty. In 1872, it became the first national park in the United States covering an area of more than 3, 400 […]

The Sawley Mappa Mundi c.1190 Antiquarian Map

16 May
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The Sawley Mappa Mundi c.1190   Modern eyes look for maps to be topographical with large-scale detail, contour lines, and accurate graphic representation of natural and cultural features of a region. They tend to serve as significant points of reference and as a navigation tool. These are the types of maps that generally make sense […]

Why Every Home Needs a Hand-Painted Historic Map by Lisa Middleton

01 Mar
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Everybody loves a map, especially an antique map. They convey a tale of long-gone adventure, mayhem, challenges, triumphs and cultural development.  And at first glance, all eyes are glued to the intricate details and unspoken stories it tells.   Upon closer inspection, historical maps actually do tell a real story. They embrace the past with […]

Hand Painted Historical Maps are the New Black for Western Decor

19 Jan
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Lisa Middleton knows a thing or two about western maps. Her company, Great River Arts, specializes in producing custom maps. Since its inception, she has created hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces for clients scattered across the globe. Her exclusive client list grows each year, because of the quality of her work. That quality has […]

Here Be Dragons?

06 Jan
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Let’s talk about dragons for a moment. Take a look at any antique map from the 15th or 16th century, then walk forward through time to present day. You can literally see the world take shape, through cartography, as new explorations and discoveries were made. Along with those findings were close encounters of fantastical, never-before-seen […]