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1175 Discovered works of art
They should be location-defining and trend-setting. Since there are cave drawings, maps are created and used for this purpose. For thousands of years, the location and appearance of regions, cities, countries, later continents, and the world has since been mapped out. Maps condense complex notions of space, scale, topography and territorial claim. World and nautical charts from the past are fascinating testimonies of how our world, our knowledge and our perception of the world have changed.

Historical maps of cities such as Ghent, Bruges or Bremen still bear witness to their impressive role in the Middle Ages. On historical maps, the changes on site can be read well and clearly illustrated.
Maps of Asia and China document how explorers gradually succeeded in pushing boundaries and not just broadening our horizons. Traveling through the map with your finger can also be a journey into the past.

The cartographic art, which in its beginnings was often able to supplement "white spots" with coats of arms, emblems or imaginative representations and ornaments, moves back to the representation of imagined landscapes through the empirical-scientific presentation and the geographic, true-to-scale documentation with contemporary art.
By means of the so-called "Mindmapping" big cities like Paris, New York or London are represented strongly reductionist. For example, Anne Smith's "Map of London" bundles the sights of the English capital in a relatively loose arrangement, without following a single mathematical standard.

Cartography does not have to be an exact science that accurately and faithfully reduces a three-dimensional object to two dimensions. Maps are interpretations of the surrounding world, which can always give people information about their own point of view and their experience.

Map of Atlantis, from 'Mundus Su...
Undated | engraving

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Map of the Battle of Trafalgar, ...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Trafalgar, ...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Fol.99 Map of Saint-Savinien on ...
Undated | pen & ink and watercolour on paper

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Fol.99 Map of Saint-Savinien on ...
0 | pen & ink and watercolour on paper

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Map of the Battle of Jena, publi...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Jena, publi...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Undated | colour lithograph

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Map of the Southern Hemisphere, ...
Undated | hand coloured engraving

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Map of the Southern Hemisphere, ...
0 | hand coloured engraving

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Map of the Battles of Smolensko ...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battles of Smolensko ...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of Lisbon, from 'Civitates O...
Undated | coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Bautzen, pu...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Bautzen, pu...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Septentrionalium terrarum descri...
1595 | coloured engraving

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Septentrionalium terrarum descri...
1595 | coloured engraving

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Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543),...
Undated | hand coloured engraving

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Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543),...
0 | hand coloured engraving

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Map of Regensburg, from 'Civitat...
1594 | coloured engraving

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Map of Regensburg, from 'Civitat...
1594 | coloured engraving

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Map of Metz, from 'Civitates Orb...
Undated | colour engraving

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Map of Turkey, Middle East Horn ...
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Map of Central and South America...
1562 | coloured engraving

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Map of Central and South America...
1562 | coloured engraving

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Map of the Christian Constellati...
Undated | hand coloured engraving

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Map of the Christian Constellati...
0 | hand coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Dresden, pu...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Dresden, pu...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Undated | coloured engraving

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Map of France, from 'Geographia'
Undated | vellum

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Map of France, from 'Geographia'
0 | vellum

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Typus Orbis Terrarum, map of the...
1570 | hand-coloured engraving

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Typus Orbis Terrarum, map of the...
1570 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of Europe after the Peace of...
1893 | colour lithograph

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Map of Europe after the Peace of...
1893 | colour lithograph

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Map of India, published by Willi...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of India, published by Willi...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Hohenlinden...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of Hohenlinden...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of Northampton and adjacent ...
1576 | copper plate engraving

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Map of Northampton and adjacent ...
1576 | copper plate engraving

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Plan and map of the town and cit...
1776 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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Plan and map of the town and cit...
1776 | pencil and watercolour on paper

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Map of Christian Constellations,...
Undated | hand coloured engraving

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Map of Christian Constellations,...
0 | hand coloured engraving

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Ms 255171 fol.88 Map of the vill...
1576 | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Ms 255171 fol.88 Map of the vill...
1576 | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Map of the Battle of the Nile, p...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Map of the Battle of the Nile, p...
1848 | hand-coloured engraving

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Fol.10v Map of Scandinavia and N...
1555 | Watercolor on paper

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Fol.10v Map of Scandinavia and N...
1555 | Watercolor on paper

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Map of the gold-bearing regions ...
1662 | coloured engraving

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Map of the gold-bearing regions ...
1662 | coloured engraving

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Map of Seville, Cadiz, and Malag...
Undated | coloured engraving

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A Map of The King's Road, London...
1746 | engraving

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A Map of The King's Road, London...
1746 | engraving

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1486 | coloured engraving

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1486 | coloured engraving

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Map of the Ottoman Empire, from ...
Undated | coloured engraving

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