Maps and travel in the Middle Ages

A paraître :

Maps and Travel in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period : Knowledge, Imagination, and Visual Culture

éd. Baumgärtner, Ingrid / Ben-Aryeh Debby, Nirit / Kogman-Appel, Katrin, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019.

Présentation :

The volume discusses the world as it was known in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, focusing on projects concerned with mapping as a conceptual and artistic practice, with visual representations of space, and with destinations of real and fictive travel. Maps were often taken as straightforward, objective configurations. However, they expose deeply subjective frameworks with social, political, and economic significance. Travel narratives, whether illustrated or not, can address similar frameworks. Whereas travelled space is often adventurous, and speaking of hardship, strange encounters and danger, city portraits tell a tale of civilized life and civic pride. The book seeks to address the multiple ways in which maps and travel literature conceive of the world, communicate a ‘Weltbild’, depict space, and/or define knowledge.

The volume challenges academic boundaries in the study of cartography by exploring the links between mapmaking and artistic practices. The contributions discuss individual mapmakers, authors of travelogues, mapmaking as an artistic practice, the relationship between travel literature and mapmaking, illustration in travel literature, and imagination in depictions of newly explored worlds.

Table des matières :

Notes on Contributors

Ingrid Baumgärtner, Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, Katrin Kogman-Appel : Maps and Travel: An Introduction

Part I : Historical Space

Marcia Kupfer : Traveling the Mappa Mundi: Readerly Transport from Cassiodorus to Petrarch

Debra Higgs Strickland : The Bestiary on the Hereford World Map (c. 1300)

Pnina Arad : Cultural Landscape in Christian and Jewish Maps of the Holy Land

Part II : Use and Reception

Ingrid Baumgärtner : Winds and Continents: Concepts for Structuring the World and Its Parts

Katrin Kogman-Appel : Fictive Travel and Mapmaking in Fourteenth-Century Iberia

Patrick Gautier Dalché : Les cartes marines comme source de réflexion géographique au XVe siècle

Camille Serchuk : Around the World: Borders and Frames in Two Sixteenth-Century Norman Map Books

Part III : Travel into Sacred Spaces

Eyal Ben-Eliyahu : The Travels of the Rabbis and the Rabbinic Horizons of the Inhabited World

Rachel Sarfati : Real and Fictive Travels to the Holy Land as Painted in the Florence Scroll

Daniel M. Unger : Between Nazareth and Loreto: The Role of the Stone Bricks in Caravaggio’s ‘Madonna di Loreto’

Veronica della Dora : Sacred Topographies and the Optics of Truth: Vasilij Grigorovich Barskij’s Journeys to Mount Athos (1725–1744)

Part IV : Word and Images

Larry Silver : Antwerp Civic Self-Portraits

Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby : Fra Niccolò Guidalotto’s  City View, Nautical Atlas and Book of Memories: Cartography and Propaganda between Venice and Constantinople

Sandra Sáenz–López Pérez : How to Represent the New World When One Is Not Andrea Mantegna: Sovereigns in the Americas on Sixteenth-Century Maps

Index of Toponyms and Locations

Index of Historical, Religious and Mythological Figures

Index of Modern Authors


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