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Athens, Greece

Organisation: American School of Classical Studies at AthensGreece

An exhibition in the Ioannis Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library
To mark the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, a theme dominant among the significant collections of the Gennadius Library, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens organise an exhibition on American Philhellenism. Part of an important American institution that has distinguished itself in the study of Greece since 1881, the Gennadius Library focuses on the history of Greece, sο the bicentenary is a unique opportunity to explore the relations and connections between Greece and the United States during the century of revolutions. The exhibition, which is also be available online, is based on rare archival material from the Gennadeion, as well as paintings and relics of museums and private collections in Greece.
Curated by Dr. Maria Georgopoulou
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Milano, Italy

Organisation: Associazione Roberto Almagià – Associazione Italiana collezionisti di cartografia antica

Il tema portante della mostra e del catalogo relativo è la cartografia ma con uno sguardo generale alle problematiche della rappresentazione dello spazio in età napoleonica, e all’evoluzione della rappresentazione cartografia in quei concitati anni. Per tale motivo saranno esposti, oltre alle principali produzioni italiane di mappe e atlanti che mostrano il continuo mutare dello scenario politico in Italia, anche manuali di disegno topografico, di calligrafia, il famoso Mémorial topographique et militaire rédigé au Dépôt général de la guerre di Parigi 1803, con il quale nasce la moderna cartografia, volumi di geometria descrittiva da quello di Monge del 1799 alle edizione italiane pubblicate prima del 1815. Nel catalogo vi è la dettagliata descrizione dei documenti originali esposti e alcuni saggi, sul Deposto della Guerra di Milano, sulle scuole militari in Italia, e sulle questioni della rappresentazione dello spazio.
Venue: Casa Manzoni

Brussels, Belgium

Organisation: KBR

Explore the fifteenth century in our region through the images, stories and characters from the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Six centuries ago, Brussels belonged to the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Skilled politicians and cultured patrons, they established a stirring treasure, a unique and fascinating collection of manuscripts: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy.
These masterpieces, which have survived the ravages of time and of history, have been looked after for you by KBR. The national library of Belgium opened its vaults to share the highlights of this fantastic collection via its new museum: a unique place that offers you the opportunity to share in Europe’s medieval cultural past, and admire beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The sixteenth-century Chapel of Nassau and the various rooms that surround it form the backdrop to the museum.
Venue: Mont des Arts 28, 1000 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 519 53 11
Time schedule: Monday - Friday 10.00-16.00
Entry fee: EUR 11.00

(online), London, UK

Organisation: Dept of Digital Humanities - King's College London

The series of 15 digital collages explores overseas sites of the former French penal colonies – known collectively as the bagne – and uses digital photography and collage to offer new ‘ways of seeing’ these rich and varied places.
This work comes out of postdoctoral research carried out as part of ‘Postcards from the bagne: tourism in the shadow of France’s overseas penal history’ (@postcards_bagne), a research project led by Dr Sophie Fuggle (@fuggbug) and funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Antwerp, Belgium
Michiel Coignet (Antwerp, 1549-1623) is buried in Saint-James’Church (Sint-Jacobskerk) in Antwerp. He died on Christmas eve in 1623, and was a polymath who made significant contributions to e.g. cosmography, mathematics, navigation and cartography. A renaissance-man indeed. He also built scientific instruments: an astrolabium (1572) was his first signed instrument. He invented and described instruments similar to that of the proportional compass which is sometimes attributed to Galileo Galilei. With whom Coignet corresponded. He also described some of his newly invented instruments such as the nautical hemisphere (with whom the longitude problem in theory could be solved and thus important for navigation, The inability to perform highly accurate measurements on board prohibited this application. In 1580 he published a treatise on navigation: De Zeevaert oft conste van ter Zee te varen/ Met noch een ander nieuwe Onderwijsinghe, op de principaelste puncten der Navigatien (Antwerpen, Hendrik Hendriksen). An expanded French-edition was published in 1581. And last but not least, the Dutch copy was on board of the Witte Swaen that shipwrecked in Nova Zembla (mission of Willem Barentz) in the winter of 1596/97. This copy, now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, was recovered in 1871 along with other relics from the remains of the Behouden Huys, a shelter build by the castaways with timber from their stranded ship.
In the beginning of the seventeenth century all-round-Coignet became involved in the publication of atlases and edited various editions of the world maps of that other Antwerp-humanist-citizen Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), e.g. author of the famous Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Antwerpen, 1570), considered the first modern atlas. In context: whilst Coignet was buried in Saint-James’s Church, Ortelius on the other hand was buried in the nearby Abbey of Saint-Michael’s. After the demolition of the Abbey in the nineteenth century his tombstone was moved to Antwerp Cathedral where it can still be seen in the northern ambulatory.
Michiel Coignet’s brother Gillis I (Antwerp, ca 1542-1599) became a painter and spent some time in Italy. Michiel’s son Michiel II (Antwerp, 1618 - ca 1663) was a cabinet-painter, a beautiful example of it is in the nearby Snijders&Rockoxhuis.
As a tribute to Michiel Coignet the Saint-James’ Church will show scientific instruments in context (e.g. equinoxial rings, and a so called cadran solaire) and some sixteenth century books about science published in Antwerp. For example Jan Moerman’s (a mathematician), De Cleyn werelt (Antwerpen, 1584). Also on display a copy of Hubert Poot’s Het groot Werelttoneel (Delft, 1750) with the description of the so-called Saint-James’ staff (Sint-Jacobsstaf). The Saint-James’ staff (also cross-staff) was used to determine a vessel’s latitude and is an important instrument for navigation. It was described by Michiel Coignet in 1581. Its ‘looks’ somewhat refer to a pilgrim’s staff, the symbol of Saint-James and patron of our church.
The Public Observatory Urania in Hove starts this tribute to Coignet on 10, 11 and 12 September 2021. Afterwards part of their presentation will add to the exhibition in Saint-James’ Church.
Recently, at the request of Urania, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him. See here.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Jean-Pierre De Bruyn and Dr. Roger Van der Linden.
[Text from CODART website]
Venue: Sint-Jacobskerk, Lange Nieuwstraat 73A, 2000 Antwerp
Time schedule: 14.00 - 17.00
Entry fee: Free access.

Brussels, Belgium

Organisation: Association du patrimoine artistique asbl

L'exposition transportera les visiteurs au dix-neuvième siècle, à la rencontre des riverains, au détour des brasseries, des estaminets et des premiers grands magasins bruxellois, à l'ère industrielle,jusqu’au cœur du titanesque chantier redessinant la ville.
Venue: Rue Charles Hanssens 7,1000 Brussels
Time schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 14.00-18.00.

Hamburg, Germany

Organisation: Museum am Rothenbaum

In der Sonderausstellung Farbe trifft Landkarte zeigt das Museum am Rothenbaum die Ergebnisse eines innovativen Forschungsprojekts, welches in vielerlei Hinsicht einzigartig ist. Wie und warum wurden Landkarten in Europa und Ostasien vom 15. bis ins 20. Jahrhundert koloriert? – eine Frage, die bisher nie systematisch erforscht wurde. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Nutzung, Herstellung und Symbolik einzelner Farben, zum Wissenstransfer zwischen Europa und Ostasien und zu den Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden in der jeweiligen Kolorierungspraxis werden präsentiert. Besucher:innen sehen beeindruckende Beispiele europäischer und ostasiatischer Landkarten und erfahren manches Überraschende zur materiellen Zusammensetzung und kulturellen Bedeutung ihrer Farben. Das vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung finanzierte Projekt zeichnete sich durch eine enge interdisziplinäre Kooperation von Geistes- und Naturwissenschaftler:innen aus: Zusammen untersuchten sie unter kulturvergleichenden und materialwissenschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten die reichhaltigen Landkartenbestände des MARKK sowie der Stiftung Hanseatisches Wirtschaftsarchiv. Das Knowhow für die Farbuntersuchungen steuerten Wissenschaftler der Universität Hamburg (Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Centrum für Naturkunde) bei.

Genth, Belgium

Organisation: Historische Huizen Gent

From Ghent to East India
In 1721, Michael de Febure from Ghent sets sail from the port of Ostend on a trade mission to East India. His diary will lead you on a most unexpected expedition.
You will experience the constant fear of privateers and pirates, explore the Cape Verde Islands and brave some severe storms. Along the way, you will discover the wonders of life at sea, before finally arriving at the Indian port of Surat, a melting-pot of cultures, smells, spices and exotic produce.
While listening to the stories of Michael and his ship-mates, you will board a life-sized ship. Unique objects also bring the journey to life, from old nautical maps and model ships to exotic animals and exclusive discoveries from eighteenth century shipwrecks.
Venue: Sint-Pietersplein 9, Ghent
Telephone: +32 9 266 85 00

Antwerp, Belgium

Organisation: Museum Plantin-Moretus

Go back in time to Antwerp and the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. Lodovico Guicciardini, an Italian merchant who settles in Antwerp, describes in detail the life in the cities of the Netherlands at the time. Do we still recognize ourselves in his descriptions today?
In 2021 it will be exactly 500 years ago that the Italian writer Lodovico Guicciardini (1521-1589) was born. The Plantin-Moretus Museum does not leave this special anniversary unnoticed.

Who is Guicciardini?

Guicciardini is an Italian merchant who works in the Antwerp branch of the family business since 1541. Like Christoffel Plantin, Guicciardini is a migrant who moves to the Netherlands for his job and settles in Antwerp. He remains in Antwerp until his death (22 March 1589).

A description of the Netherlands from 500 years ago

Lodovico's career takes a turn when he starts writing in 1552, an activity that he believes is more profitable than his work as a merchant. In 1567 he published his bestseller: Descrittione ... di tutti i Paesi Bassi altrimenti detti Germania inferiore. In this remarkable book he describes all the cities of the Netherlands. The book is published more than 60 times, by various printers. We read his experiences with Antwerp and the Netherlands from 500 years ago. Guicciardini not only describes the economy, politics, language, flora, fauna and national character of the prosperous Netherlands, but also criticizes the devastating influence of the Spanish War on the prosperous country. A striking amount of attention is paid to his hometown Antwerp.

Bononiensis' Antverpia, map ofAntwerp, 1565.
This city plan by Virgilius Bononiensis shows Antwerp at its height, in 1565. This plan is the largest and most detailed map known from the sixteenth century. Between March and November 2021, this map has received conservation treatment, so that it will be in top condition for exhibition from December 2021 onwards.
Venue: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp