Visualization of Space at NYU
Allison Meier wrote about the exhibition Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity at NYU for Hyperallergic. In reviewing the exhibition Meier writes..
While we don’t have the Greco-Roman Ptolemy‘s original Geographia, his enduring treatise on cartography, we do have objects from those who meticulously republished his work or were directly inspired by it: the richly illustrated 13th-century De Mundi Sphaera by scholar and monk Johannes de Sacrobosco, for instance, which merged Ptolemy and Islamic astronomy, as well as the 16th-century work of French cartographer Oronce Fine that attempted to link the ideas of Ptolemy with the “New World” discoveries.In addition to the 40 objects on loan from various institutions there are some valuable online resources including a virtual visit to Peutinger's Roman map, the only surviving copy of a Roman world map which resides in Vienna. Check out the resources here
|World map in Ptolemy’s “Geographia” (1460) |
courtesy Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
|Miniature signs of the zodiac in Johannes de Sacrobosco’s “De Sphaera mundi” (1425) |
courtesy The Morgan Library & Museum