The art of map making

Written by MICHAEL on December 5th, 2011

To many people, thoughts of maps conjure up images of dusty classrooms and geography teachers. But a new exhibition at the British Library, Magnificent Maps,  aims to put the art back into how we view, and use, these often beautiful examples. More than simply a topological survey of a country or continent, the maps on display are as diverse as their decorative features – from hunting dogs to sea monsters and cherubs blowing the winds across the ocean.

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The art of map making

 

Why a map is a window on to history

Written by MICHAEL on December 5th, 2011

Maps tell us so much more than how to get from A to B, or where C is in relation to D. They can be tools of power and snapshots of history, and reveal  the fears and prejudices of their age, says historian Jerry Brotton. A remarkable thing about maps is people’s resistance to the most basic fact of mapmaking – they can never be completely objective, accurate images of our world.

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