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Prof. Robert Clancy - Cartography: Maps as an Art Form

Event Information

  • 11 Nov 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: Free

Antique maps are documents of history, but they can also been seen as works of art which reveal how their creators viewed the world.

Today, we see maps as accurate mass-produced scientific statements. They record land forms or identifiy spatial distribution of thematic topics. We recognise street maps, tourist maps and maps to locate international events in the newspapers or on the television screen.

That has not always been the case — early maps were often inaccurate and included the thoughts and emotions of the map maker. They were the result of human thoughts and emotions motivated by imagination: the very definition of an 'art form'.

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM traces our perception of the world through maps from the 15th century onwards, when the first printed maps appeared. 

Free and Open to the Public.