Charting the World: A History of Cartography, 1475-1860

"Charting the World: A History of Cartography, 1475-1860," continues through June 26 in the Roberts Family Print Study Center at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Co-organized by Page Stockwell, a Portland map collector, and David Roberts, a researcher at the Hallie Ford Museum, the exhibition traces the history of cartography from the 15th century through the middle of the 19th century.

Included in the exhibition are a number of rare and exquisite maps including a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493, which includes a re-creation of Ptolemy's map of the ancient world, to Joannes Blaeu's world atlas of 1662. Other maps of interest include Abraham Ortelius' map of America or the New World from 1592, and Michael Mercator's map of America or New India from 1595.

According to Stockwell and Roberts, the exhibition provides insight into the political, cultural, and philosophical themes of Western civilization as the maps represent the fears, myths, and aspirations of the societies that produced them. In addition, the exhibition provides further insight into the evolution of scientific thought and how a growing understanding of astronomy, physics, and other natural sciences brought the world together.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day.

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