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Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Many old maps are as much works of art as tools for getting from one place to another, and one of the most engaging artistic embellishments of these maps are the decorative frames called cartouches, which often surround the map’s title and other details. Cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. Although they are one of the most visually engaging elements on maps, and despite the fact that it is often through the decoration of the cartouche that the cartographer speaks most directly to the viewer, revealing his or her interests or prejudices, there is no detailed study of them, no discussion of their earliest history or development, and no attempt to interpret the symbolism of a large number of them together. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain their symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail.
Lecture by Chet Van Duzer (University of Rochester, USA)
  • Please register: Marie-Anne Dage, Brussels Map Circle Secretary,
  • No entrance fee for Members.
  • Entrance fee for non-Members: EUR 5.00.
  • Fees are to be prepaid on our bank account before the MAPAF: IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 BIC GKCCBEBB.
  • No cash payments during the event please.
Venue: Map Room of KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)
Language: English
Contact: Marie-Anne Dage
Time schedule: 15.00