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Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College Extends Early Printed Maps Exhibition
Exhibition on view through April 14
FOR RELEASE: March 29, 2013
CONTACT: Gregory Shook, 410-626-2539
Showcasing 30 early printed maps from the Wendt Collection, the exhibition “Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700” will be on view through April 14 at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery.
The maps on view in this exhibition reveal changing shifts in historical, religious, and cultural views of the world driven by the desire for accurate cartographic records. In addition, the maps portray Renaissance scholars’ earliest attempts to comprehend the nature of the solar system, the relationship of the planets, and the essential qualities of the Earth. By the early 1600s, with the development of the spherical projection and more precise mathematical calculations of space and distance, maps became more standardized. Many of the early techniques that were so successfully developed and applied to maps and mapmaking by 1700 continue in practice to this day.
“Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700” is organized and circulated by the Sonoma County Museum. The maps are from the collection of Henry and Holly Wendt. This exhibition is generously supported by the Helena Foundation.
For more information: www.stjohnscollege.edu