Almagià’s Ortorama

The Almagià’s Ortorama is a three-dimensional model that represents Lessini Mountains of Verona. The model is based on a portion of the much larger Map of the Almagià, a cartographic monument of the fifteenth century Italian. Ortorama means orthogonal view and is a representative mode in which the facades of churches, castles and villages, as well as mountains and hills are “standing” with respect to the base of the model which is the map itself. This type of representation follows the particularity with which the great map of the Almagià was drawn. Until the nineteenth century the maps contained, at the same time, two types of representation: the plan with the measurements coming from the measurement of the territory with topographic tools and the elevations drawn in a pictorial way to try to return the height of the space and the colors in the most resembling to nature. The greatest difficulty in reading cartographic artefacts of this type lies in the correct interpretation of each element represented on the map and in the ability, by the viewer, to imagine the three-dimensionality of what is represented in the flat, two-dimensional space of a cartography. Through this model it is possible to contemplate the three-dimensionality of the map by staying inside the map itself and without having to use additional tools. All the mountains drawn on the map as they are seen “live” (i.e. one superimposed on the other by the effect of perspective) have been separated and positioned on different levels in order to reproduce the scanning of the planes of vision and spaced one from the other. The profile of each mountain is entirely taken from the original one and provides a frontal viewpoint to offer an overall view of the Lessini Mountains as the author of the map has drawn it.

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