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Colored as its Creators Intended: Hand-Painted Maps in the 1513 Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography by Chet Van Duzer
October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime lecture:
Colored as its Creators Intended: Hand-Painted Maps in the 1513 Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography
by Chet Van Duzer
October 14, 2020, 12:00p.m.
In this talk Mr. Van Duzer begins by examining the “workshop coloring scheme” in the 1482 and 1486 editions of Ptolemy’s Geography—the coloring scheme offered by the books’ producers. He then introduces the 1513 edition of Ptolemy’s Geography, whose maps were made by Martin Waldseemüller, and presents the results of his census of all of the extant hand-colored exemplars of the book, in an effort to identify the coloring scheme intended by the creators of that edition. The results of this research shed light not only on Waldseemüller’s workshop practices and early modern hand-coloring techniques, but also on the cartographic and aesthetic philosophy behind the coloring of these maps.
Chet Van Duzer is a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging to cultural institutions around the world, and a former NEH-Mellon Fellow at the Library of Congress. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps; his recent books include Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging, Sources, and Influence, published by Springer in 2019, and Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends, published by Springer in 2020. His current project is a book about cartographic cartouches.
The event will begin at 12:00 p.m., but we will open the waiting room 15 minutes early to give everyone time to get settled in before the talk begins.
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