“With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps”: On Cartographers’ Fears of Blank Spaces
Jan 09

“With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps”: On Cartographers’ Fears of Blank Spaces

When:
January 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
2018-01-29T17:30:00-05:00
2018-01-29T19:30:00-05:00
Where:
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA 02116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
617-859-2387

Historians of cartography occasionally refer to cartographers’ horror vacui: their fear or hesitancy to leave spaces blank on maps that might be filled with decorations. Some scholars have denied that this impulse was a factor in the design of maps, but the question has never been examined carefully. In this illuminating talk, cartographic historian and David Rumsey Map Center-John Carter Brown Library fellow Chet Van Duzer will undertake such an examination, arguing that horror vacui was indeed an important factor in the design of maps, at least for some cartographers, from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century.

5:30 pm Refreshments on the Boston Map Society’s tab at the Newsfeed Café on the first floor of the Johnson Building

6:30 pm—7:30 pm Talk in the Commonwealth Salon of the Boston Public Library, Copley Square

The Leventhal Map Center gallery will remain open until 8:00 pm.

RSVP: info@leventhalmap.org or 617.859.2387

Presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society