Guided visit of the exhibition: « Pictura Loquens »
The exhibition highlights the illustrated book produced in the Low Countries and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in the 15th-18th centuries. Its title loosely translates as speaking image and refers to a concept which originated in the Antiquity. Horace in particular in his Ars poetica that the human mind was more enticed by what it sees than by what it hears. Ever since, poets and artists took sides in this famous battle, and devised images in combination with texts sometimes with the images gaining importance compared to the text.
Although this exhibition is not exclusively focused on cartography, it presents many maps and atlasses of Ortelius, Mercator, Goos, Coignet and Verbist and should be of interest to our Members.