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Quand les artistes dessinaient les cartes : vues et figures de l’espace français
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/25/2019 to 1/20/2020
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Where: Archives nationales site de Paris - Hôtel Soubise
Contact: 01 75 47 20 06

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The exhibition « Quand les artistes dessinaient les cartes : vues et figures de l’espace français, Moyen Âge et Renaissance » will be held at the Archives nationales (Paris) from 25 September 2019 to 7 January 2020.

Focusing on local and regional maps produced in France between 1300 and 1600, the show examines a moment when the history of cartography intersected with the history of art, when empirical observation took precedence over measurement in mapmaking. The maps on display were produced by painters to delineate boundaries or legal rights, to resolve territorial disputes, to document public works, to support military operations, to describe historical events, to catalogue possessions, and to celebrate the identity of a place or territory. The painters who produced these “figures” (as they were called at the time) drew on their expertise in drawing, composition, and perspective to create spectacular visual documents in a wide variety of media and formats. Richly colored and abundantly detailed, these compelling images offer rich and unexpected insights into artistic and cartographic practice during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Most of the over 100 maps in the show, which are drawn from archives all over France, are being exhibited for the first time.

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