Jean Rotz

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World map of Jean Rotz, 1542.

Jean Rotz, also called Johne Rotz, was a 16th-century French artist-cartographer. He was born to a Scottish father and a French mother.


Rotz was a member of the school of the Dieppe maps. He may have accompanied Jean Parmentier to Sumatra in 1529, and he definitely went to Brazil in 1539.[1] His work was greatly influenced by these early French explorations, which induced him to create highly decorative maps.[2][3]

Failing to find employment with King Francois I, Rotz went to England in 1542 and entered the service of Henry VIII.[4]

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