Views of Constantinople: The Freshfield Album online

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

black rhino A young black rhino, from the Freshfield Album (Trinity College Library MS O.17.2)

One of Trinity College Library’s more intriguing manuscripts is an album of sketches of the architectural highlights of Constantinople. Several of the drawings are dated 1574, and it seems that they were produced by a Western artist visiting Constantinople as part of the diplomatic entourage sent to the Levant by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. The album, a simple gathering of folio sheets sewn into a plain vellum wrapper, was presented to Trinity in 1935 by Edwin Hanson Freshfield, a member of the College with antiquarian interests, whose father (also Edwin) had acquired it in the late nineteenth century. It has been available to researchers ever since, and has now been made freely available online for the first time as part of the Wren Digital Library. The original manuscript will also be on display in…

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About Jose Ramon Marcaida

I’m a historian of science interested in the history of early modern Iberian science and its connection with Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. More generally, I’m interested in the relation between texts, images and things across the Humanities.
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