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Seminar 15

Mapmaking and Cartography


Seminar questions

  1. What was the purpose of maps and how is that reflected in their form?
  2. What was the interplay between artistry and cartography during the Renaissance?
  3. How did maps change the European perception of space during the early modern period?



Suggested reading

Brotton, Jerry, Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World, London 1997 [GA 231.B7]


Brotton, Jerry, A History of the World in 12 Maps, London 2012, ch. 8, pp. 262-291


Buisseret, David, The Mapmakers’ Quest. Depicting New Worlds in Renaissance Europe, Oxford 2003 [GA 781.B8]


Buisseret, David (ed), Monarchs, Ministers and Maps: The Emergence of Cartography as a Tool of Government in Early Modern Europe, Chicago 1992 [GA 231.M6]


Buisseret, David (ed), Envisioning the City: Six Studies in Urban Cartography, Chicago 1998


Cosgrove, Dennis E., ‘Mapping New Worlds: Culture and Cartography in Sixteenth-Century Venice’, in Imago Mundi, 44 (1992), pp. 65-89


Cosgrove, Dennis E., The Palladian Landscape: Geographical Change and its Cultural Representations in Sixteenth-Century Italy, Leicester 1993 [NA 1119.V3]


Frangenberg, Thomas, ‘Chorographies of Florence: the use of city views and city plans in the sixteenth century’, in Imago Mundi, 46 (1994), pp. 41-64


Kagan, Richard L. – Marias, Fernando (eds), Urban images of the Hispanic world, New Haven-London 2000


Kagan, Richard L. – Schmidt, Benjamin, ‘Maps and the Early Modern State: Official Cartography’, in The History of Cartography. Volume Three. Cartography in the European Renaissance. Part 1, Chicago-London 2007, ch. 26, pp. 661-679


Nuti, Lucia, ‘The mapped view by Georg Hoefnagel: the merchant’s eye, the humanist’s eye’, in Word and Image, 4 (1988), pp. 545-570


Pinto, John, ‘Origins and development of the iconographic city plan’, in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 35 (1976), pp. 35-50


Rees, Ronald, ‘Historical links between cartography and art’, in Geographical Review, 70 (1980), pp. 60-78


Schultz, Jurgen, ‘Jacopo de’ Barbari’s view of Venice: map making, city views and moralized geography before the year 1500’, in Art Bulletin, 60 (1978), pp. 427-473


Tooley, R.V., ‘Maps in Italian atlases of the sixteenth century’, in Imago Mundi, 3 (1970), pp. 12-47


Woodward, David (ed), Art and Cartography, Chicago 1987