Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Maps are often as much a visual art form as they are a practical tool for navigation. Of particular visual interest are display maps; maps that often used size and beauty to convey messages of regional and social status and power. Magnificent Maps brings together the best surviving examples in order to illustrate their role in early modern Europe and describe the settings in which they were displayed. Most of the maps collected in Magnificent Maps date from the period 1450 to 1800, the heyday of this approach to mapping. offer vivid descriptions of their original settings and examine their dual roles as propaganda and art.