Georg Braun


Georg Braun (born 1541 in Cologne, † 1622 in Cologne) was a theologian, canon, dean of the monastery of St. Marie degrees in Cologne. Brown was in the years 1572 to 1618, the author and publisher of the Civitates orbis terrarum, a then pioneering and comprehensive work with city views.

Life and work

Georg Braun was after studying theology as a pastor in his hometown of Cologne. At the instigation of Heinrich Rantzau 1587 he received a Domherrenstelle of Lübeck Cathedral, which he made in 1589 to Louis Pincier.

The six-volume standard work of realistic urban topography, probably stimulated by Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia, clearly inspired in size and layout to the 1570 published Theatrum orbis terrarum by Abraham Ortelius sat, completely new standards and worked as a model and as a treasure trove of documents far more than one hundred years. The Cities are internally given on facing pages, while the respective historical and topographical descriptions are printed on the outer sides.

Frans Hogenberg (Vol. I-IV) and Simon van den Neuwel (Vol. V and VI) are the creators of the panels substantially. More people are involved in addition to other well, the Dutch miniature painter Georg Hoefnagel and the painter and cartographer Daniel Frese as a supplier of templates for orders from Heinrich Rantzau, most of which were implemented by Greve as a stub. It was also resorted to works of Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster and John Stumpf.

As an author and editor talked Georg Braun, who took a few trips, extensive contacts. He could procure many templates and gain artistic staff through his relationships. The lyrics to the panels come from him.

George Brown, who died in the age of eighty in 1622, 1618 saw only one of the original parties, the publication of the sixth band.