By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 6, 2024) – In this Fun with Maps Issue 2024-043 we “rewind” to March 6, 2023 we celebrate the birth of a most influential artist while Steve Kovacs enjoys the artistry of renewing creativity during a personal renaissance.


This Renaissance man was born on March 6, 1475, in the Republic of Florence.

While he achieved much fame and wealth, he lived a simple life.   “However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man,” so he said.  Also, he had no use for food and drink, other than to sustain him.  As you might guess, he was a solitary figure.

His personal traits do not reflect on his magnificent artistry and work as a sculptor, painter, and architect.

He left us his statues of David, and the Pieta; the paintings of The Last Judgement in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel as well as the painting on its ceiling; and, St. Peter’s Basilica which he designed.  There are many other pieces of art he created during his long, 88 year life.

He is Michelangelo.

This simple map of Italy reflects more on the man rather than the artist.  It was created by Peeters and was issued in 1692.

Italy – Circa 1692 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.