European Cartographers And The Ottoman World, 1500--1750

European Cartographers And The Ottoman World, 1500--1750


The Oriental Institute exhibit will explore how European cartographers obtained the information that was used for maps and charts of the Ottoman Empire. The era in which the documents were composed (approximately AD 1500--1750) will be placed in its context as an age of exploration when whole new worlds were being opened to Europeans who then documented their "finds" in maps. "The exhibit opens with the intellectual and geographical discoveries of the fifteenth century that undermined the European medieval view of the cosmos," said Ian Manners, exhibit curator. "These discoveries began a process whereby cartographers sought to produce and map a new global geography, one that reconciled classical ideas about the world with contemporary information brought back by travelers and voyagers."

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