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New Haven, USA

Organisation: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This exhibition presents many of the most historically significant manuscript maps from the late medieval and early modern period from the Beinecke Library’s vast collection of maps. It is focused on portolan charts - large, colorful charts that showed the shoreline of the Mediterranean, and were used by sailors to navigate from port to port. These maps were crucial to the expansion of European trade in the fiftieth and sixteenth century. Yale University Library has one of the most significant map collections of this period and owns some unique items not found in any other collection. When the holdings previously in the Map Room in Sterling Memorial Library were consolidated with Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections in 2018, it formed the largest single repository of portolan maps in North America.
This exhibition presents maps from several different historical groups and demonstrates how maps functioned to place people within a larger world context. While primarily focusing on European maps, it also includes Middle Eastern and Asian world maps to illustrate common elements and also highlight significant differences. In addition, the exhibition presents some map forgeries and how they were determined to be fakes using scientific and historic analysis.
The flat display cases on the ground floor of the historic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library enable us to show twelve large maps alongside one another to allow the viewer to make comparisons between maps made at various periods and times in the crucial years surrounding the discovery, from the European perspective, of the new world.
Venue: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Librarymap 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Entry fee: Free entry.
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Toledo, Spain

Organisation: Instituto Geográfico Nacional

La relación formal entre el dibujo de vistas y la cartografía se remonta, al menos, al siglo II, cuando Claudio Ptolomeo tituló el primer capítulo de su célebre Geographia: «¿En qué se diferencia la Geografía de la Corografía?». Según Ptolomeo, la Geografía representaba el conjunto, haciendo uso de las matemáticas para «observar la proporción y las distancias» y «el tamaño y forma del globo terrestre» mientras que la Corografía describía «incluso los detalles más pequeños, como puertos, villas, aldeas», cuidando la similitud del dibujo y siendo la tarea del pintor.
Esta exposición reúne una esmerada selección de vistas y planos de ciudades del mundo a lo largo de la historia, con el propósito que Georg Braun resumía en el prólogo de su monumental Civitates Orbis Terrarum a finales del siglo XVI: «¿Qué sería más agradable que, en la seguridad del hogar, sin miedo a los peligros, poder contemplar en estos libros la forma de toda la tierra en que habitamos, adornada con el esplendor de sus diversas regiones, ríos, ciudades y fortalezas?»
Venue: Museo de Santa Cruz. Sala de exposiciones temporales C/ Cervantes, 3. 45001, Toledo
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Brugge, Belgium

Organisation: Musea Brugge

In 1561, the Liberty of Bruges, the largest and richest castellany in the county of Flanders, commissioned Pieter Pourbus to paint a map of its entire territory, including all the roads, watercourses, villages and towns. Ten years later, the artist-cartographer delivered his completed magnum opus to his patrons.
A new exhibition gives you the opportunity to make your acquaintance with The painted map of the Liberty of Bruges (1571). A work that straddles the boundary between art and cartography, Pourbus’ detailed map depicts the harbour landscape of Bruges at the end of the sixteenthth century in a unique manner. The work was made at a crucial turning-point in history, immediately prior to the start of the Eighty Years’ War and before later industrialisation would change the configuration of the coastal landscape forever. As a result, the Pourbus map is one of the last invaluable testimonies to the medieval landscape that once surrounded Bruges. At the same time, its skilled combination of scale, dimensions and details makes it a technical masterpiece of the very highest quality.
In the exhibition Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps, the painted map occupies the central position, both literally and figuratively. With the aid of a number of remarkable landscape-archaeological finds and the use of magnifying glasses and digital screens, this unique map and the lost medieval landscape it depicts will be brought back to life. What did the countryside around Bruges look like at the end of the sixteenth century? And what remnants of that period can still be found today?
Venue: Groeningemuseum (room 10), Dijver 12, Brugge
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Sevilla, Spain

Organisation: Casa de la Ciencia - CSIC

La primera circunnavegación del mundo, que se inició en 1519 y finalizó en 1522, es la mayor gesta exploradora de la historia, que puede ser comparable con hitos más actuales como la llegada a la Luna.
Esta exposición muestra un recorrido cartográfico aspectos interesantes del viaje: sus antecedentes, preparativos, desarrollo y consecuencias. Partiendo de los conceptos geográficos de los antiguos, pasaremos por el inesperado descubrimiento del continente americano, el tratado de Tordesillas por el que España y Portugal se repartían el mundo, el espionaje cartográfico entre las dos potencias ibéricas, el comercio de las especias como verdadero objetivo de la expedición o los primeros mapas del estrecho de Magallanes y de las islas Molucas, todo ello ambientado en la España del siglo XVI.
Venue: Museo Casa de la Ciencia (CSIC), Sevilla
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