Renaissance City Views

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is hosting an exhibition entitled Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar.

About the exhibition:
Between 1572 and 1617, Georg Braun, editor, and Franz Hogenberg, engraver, produced the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a multi-volume collection of views of cities of the world published to complement the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a map collection first published in 1570. Collector Jack Sosiak’s large group of Braun and Hogenberg’s city views are exhibited, together with related city views from Penn’s own collections.

On view until August 13, 2011

Also available is a podcast of a talk given by Dr. Daniel Traister, Curator for Research Services at Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and map collector Jack Sosiak in conjunction with the exhibition. They explore what 16th- and 17th-century maps of European cities offer that Mapquest cannot. Download the podcast here.

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