Title of the concept; Diversity
The concept is based on the information I have taken from the introductory text and the table of contents. As well as my own interpretations from the illustrations in the book. I would like to go into more detail on the following three topics, the very diverse documentation, the structure and the design of the book.
The book entitled “newes itinerarium italiae”, written by Joseph Furttenach in the 17th century, documents the journey through what the author himself calls the “Lustgarten di Europa” what means pleasure garden of Europe, Italy. The documentation is extremely comprehensive and includes all the renowned places of the Republic. The author wants to show all the beauty of Italy. Works on land, but also on water are described, palaces and fortresses, which were built in years of war and in times of peace, are shown. But not only man-made beauties are documented, also the beautiful nature is documented and recorded extremely precisely. One notices in the documentation that Joseph Furttenbach was interested in many things and also had an eye for detail.
The structure and sequence of the book’s chapters are precisely structured. They follow the author’s journey through Italy itself, which is also clear from the first illustration, in which the journey is drawn on a map. This shows me that this book is not simply a compilation of the journey and perhaps came about by chance, but that much was planned and structured in advance.
Next, I would like to take a closer look at the design, which I find very appealing. As Joseph Furttenbach already mentions in the title text, he wants to show all the beautiful sides of this wonderful republic in the book. I think this is also reflected in the design of the book, especially at the beginning of a new chapter there are very beautiful decorations and partly also illustrations. Also the illustrations in the chapters themselves are also drawn with great attention to detail.
Finally, I would like to say a few words about my chosen title for the concept; diversity. I chose this because, as already described in the second section, the documentation is very extensive, and I think everyone could find something that would interest them. Personally, I find not only the documentation very diverse, but also the chosen means of illustration. Despite this extensive choice of means, he remained true to his style and you can recognize Joseph Furttenbach’s handwriting throughout the book. Like the book, I also tried to bring diversity into the concept.
Three keywords, which might help to understand the concept: travel, documentation, structure.