Chorographie between Mimesis and Metric: Handdrawn Regional Maps from Westfalia (1450–1650)

Headed by:
Prof. Dr. Felicitas Schmieder
Elisabeth Kisker
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The project aims at the beginnings of regional cartography in Westfalia between mid-15th century and c. 1650, and looks at hand-drawn representations of regional spaces in their archival file context, mostly unique pieces created for specific, mostly legal, administrative or economic means, representing spatial and other knowledge in a combination of pictorial and scriptural elements. The project aims at working out the larger context of development of this new medium which in the end changed the in Middle Ages common use of words for spatial descriptions to graphic representations.

In the early times of regional representations of space they were vastly different in forms and layouts, suggesting that their makers experimented with a variety of traditional and more recent.