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Lecture on decorative imagery in ancient maps

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:16 a.m. CST

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum and NIU Museum Studies students announce an informative talk by a local expert on ancient maps, Gerald Brauer. “Art a la carte: Decorative Imagery in Maps, 1500 – 1800” will be presented from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in Altgeld Hall 315. This free public lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “MAPPING: Measuring Across Place and Period; Information, Navigation and Geography,” on display in the museum’s South Galleries through May 24.

Brauer has been a “collector/enthusiast” of ancient maps for more than 35 years. He loaned a number of items from his extensive personal collection for display in the exhibition. His talk will focus on the evolution of decoration on antique maps from 1500 to the late 1800s, and how this decoration often enhances the presentation and impact of the geographic content. He will also discuss the direct connection between what is decoratively displayed on the map and what location the map depicts.

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