A Talk on Renaissance Mapping

Next Wednesday at the Washington University in St. Louis, a talk by history professor Christine R. Johnson titled “The Art & Science of Renaissance Mapping: Abraham Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.”

At the end of the 16th century, Europe was remaking itself and its relationship with the world. In the beautifully illustrated maps included in the first modern atlas — the Theatrum — ancient science is fused with the powerful dynamics of exploration, empire and state-building, reflecting the creative use of knowledge in the Renaissance.

Free admission.