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Laura Federzoni


Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: M-GGR/01 Geography


- Land reclamation in the Po Delta in the modern age, with a comparison with similar situations in the Netherlands , in particular  about the Ijsselmeer polders.  

- The cartographic production in the Este Duchy from the XVI to the XIX century, and particularly some important map-makers:

           Marco Antonio Pasi, who worked in Ferrara in XVI century, as an architect and geographer for Alfonso II duke of Ferrara : he was the author of two wide and important handwritten maps of the Este State . One of them has recently been restored with digital techniques;

          Giacomo Cantelli, who worked  as geographer and librarian of  the dukes of Modena in XVII century and produced many printed maps of  European States and an atlas too, the Mercurio Geografico, working with Michel-Antoine Baudrand and with Nicolas and Guillaume Sanson;

         Domenico Vandelli, geographer and engineer for the dukes of Modena in XVIII century, produced many hydrographical maps and a wide printed map of Este State . He went on a three years tour all over Europe and described it in a handwritten journal and in a collection of  letters addressed to Lodovico Antonio Muratori, the famous historian.

 - The flemish cartography in the XVI century and the contacts between flemish and italian map-makers.

The scientific activity of Laura Federzoni is especially focused on Historical Geography and History of Cartography. She studied some aspects of territorial organization in the past centuries, particularly in the Po Valley. The analysis of the cartographic production about the Este State (in Ferrara and in Modena) from the XVI to the XIX century is another subject of research. She has devoted a considerable research to Flemish cartography of the XVI century and to relations between Flemish and Italian map-makers; another research is about the cartographic production of Marco Antonio Pasi, who worked in Ferrara in the XVI century. She has also carefully analyzed the digitization and digital restoration of ancient maps and their potential use.


Selected papers:

1)       I Fiamminghi e l'Europa. Lo spazio e la sua rappresentazione, Bologna, 2001.

2)       L'opera cartografica nell'epoca della sua riproducibilità digitale, in: “Bollettino dell'Associazione Italiana di Cartografia”, n. 123-124 (2005), pp. 43-56.

3)       La Geografia di Tolomeo, in: L'Atlante di Borso d'Este. La Cosmographia di Claudio Tolomeo della Biblioteca Estense Universitaria di Modena, Modena, 2006, pp. 11-31.

4)       Marco Antonio Pasi a Ferrara. Cartografia e governo del territorio al crepuscolo del Rinascimento, Firenze, 2006.

5)       The digital restoration of ancient maps in Italy. Experiences and reflections, in “e-Perimetron – International web journal on sciences and technologies affined to history of cartography and maps” (, vol. 3, n. 1 (2008), pp.1-9.

6)       The Geographia of Ptolemy between the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond, in T. Michalsky, F. Schmieder, G. Engel (eds.), Aufsicht – Ansicht – Einsicht. Neue Perspektiven auf die Kartographie an der Schwelle zur Frühen Neuzeit, Berlin, 2009, pp. 93-115.

7)        Gli spazi pubblici italiani ed europei. Uno sguardo attraverso la lente del cartografo  -  Italian and European Public Spaces. An Approach through the Lens of Cartography, in S. Gaddoni (ed.), Spazi pubblici e parchi urbani nella città contemporanea - Public spaces and urban parks in the contemporary city, Bologna, 2010, pp. 37-65.

8)       C. Cerreti, L. Federzoni, S. Salgaro (eds.), Cartografia di paesaggi, paesaggi nella cartografia, Bologna, 2010.

9)       Le acque della bassa pianura padana: la natura, il lavoro, la cultura, in L. Masotti (ed.), Il paesaggio dei tecnici. Attualità della cartografia storica per il governo delle acque, Venezia, 2010, pp. 21-41.

10)   Cartography, Politics and Culture in Ferrara at the end of the sixteenth Century, in I. Baumgärtner and M. Stercken (eds.), Herrschaft verorten. Politische Kartographie des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit, Zurich, Chronos Verlag, 2012, pp. 143-164.