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Atlas supporting the globe

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Albanus, Franciscus; Villa, Franciscus
Place made: Italy, Lazio, Roma, Rome
Date made: 1596-1616
Materials: ink; laid paper
Measurements: 12 in x 17 1/2 in
Nomenclature: mythology
Classification: whales

Engraving depicting Hercules, wearing the lion's head, with the globe upon his back. The globe is flanked by Apollo and Mercury, each on a cart drawn by birds upon a cloud; there is a countryside with mountains and a castle in the background. All this is upon a cloth supported by groups of three putti on either side; the putti hold shields, six in total, each with an inscription. These are: a boat at sea, "Alias felagi sensura minas"; a log half submerged in water off a coast, "Promptius exilit"; a tree with foliage growing around its trunk as well as on its branches, "Felix si haereat"; a bent torso in classical armor, "Novos duratur ad ictus"; a partially open clam-shell on a coat with a personified sun rising, "Plena si pleno coit orbe"; a palm tree bent over with the weight of a boulder tied to its upper branches, "Altius surget". Atop the globe carried by Hercules is a shield divided in halves, with an Ionic column surmounted by a crown on the left, and a diagonal band with a chequerboard pattern on the right. Artist attributions appear on lower edge of object, in corners: "Franciscus Villa comena Fecit" and "Franciscus Albus Inventor".