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Exhibition: Lights and Shadows in Cartography
Location: Brukenthal Palace, Cartography Cabinet

Duration: 05 – 06.2013

Opening: May 17, 12:00 am

Curator: Gabriella Szigmond

Text from the exhibition curator:

The exhibition proposes to present to the public a selection maps from the cartography study. There was started with the idea of integration of Romania in Europe, and especially of Transylvania, which was for centuries part of Hapsburg Empire and then it was a part of Hungary till the Great Union with Romania in 1918. The exhibited maps were chosen taking into consideration the esthetic criteria not only the historical ones. There are also exhibited more maps of Transylvania from different years as well as maps of Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Quite interesting ones are the maps of Great Romania and the statistics of the population at that time.

The most beautiful maps are also the oldest ones, from the 18th century, done in the printing workshop that was also a publishing house and a bookshop belonging to Gerard Vank and Petrus Schenk. That was also the place where it was printed a very interesting and special atlas, HARMONIA MACROCOSMICA, A TERRESTRIAL AND CELLESTRIAL ATLAS, Amsterdam, 1708, by Andrea Cellarius. The work, also present in the exhibition, is a piece of exception regarding the illustrations.

The lights as well as the shadows in the exhibited maps will be seen, certainly, by each and every visitor through their own eyes.