Abraham Ortelius under the spell of classical antiquity–
In his first edition of the Theatrum, he already refers to place names in Antiquity, and this subsequently results in a separate publication in 1587, the Thesaurus Geographicus. And again in his Parergon, a collection of his historical maps that he had previously published in various editions of the Theatrum, he portrays ancient history, sacred and secular, and shows the extent of the Roman Empire in Europe.
This exhibition will include a range of these historical maps together with some printed works showing Ortelius's reconstructions. Visitors will be able to follow how Ortelius collected his knowledge and then visualised it in map book form. This exhibition in the Rockox House is a joint venture with the Plantin-Moretus Museum / Print Collection in Antwerp.