The exhibition presents old maps of the broader Hellenic region taken from the Collection of Professor Panagiotis N. Soukakos. This particular collection includes representative samples of European cartography from the 15th until the 19th century. Delicate and distinctive maps point out ancient and contemporary geography and reveal a cartographic journey in the course of Hellenism through centuries, demonstrating their eternal interactions with the people of the Middle East as well as the primary role of the Eastern Mediterranean Region in the development of the civilization of Western Europe.
The spiritual awakening of the Renaissance, which brought into the surface the cultural conquers of the ancient world and displayed the significance of complete knowledge, and the explorative journeys in the 15th century – whose discoveries altered the map of the then known world - resulted in the thriving of cartography and established geography as an indispensable element of education in the western world. Later on, the development of sciences and the religious reform in the 16th century established cartography as an essential means of understanding and verifying ancient and religious history.
In the exhibition, visitors can admire facelets and title pages from monumental cartographic editions (pillars in the history of cartography), maps of the land and the islands in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, historical cartography that maps regions which are interrelated with several mythological and historical facts, as well as religious and ecclesiastical cartography that involves the geography of the Old and the New Testament focused around the Holy Land.
The satirical maps constitute a distinctive entity, where the geographical relief is employed in order to briskly and clearly display the political background and criticize via satire.
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1. Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724), “Atlas Novus”, Nuremberg, 1710, coloured copper engraving, 48x28 cm.
2. Pierre du Val (1619-1683), “Map of Greece”, Paris, 1674, coloured copper engraving, 37x54 cm.
|Dates: 29/11/2013 – 31/03/2014. Place: Sparta – Peloponnese. Venue: Coumantaros Art Gallery in Sparta – Branch of the National Gallery, 123, K. Palaiologou & Thermopylon Sts. Visiting Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 08:00 – 15:00 Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 21:00 Captions: 1.Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724), “Atlas Novus”, Nuremberg, 1710, coloured copper engraving, 48x28 cm. 2.Pierre du Val (1619-1683), “Map of Greece”, Paris, 1674, coloured copper engraving, 37x54 cm.|