Workshop // Rachel Weiss: Mapping Mountains in the Topographia Germaniae (1642 - c. 1660s)



von 14:00 bis 15:00


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, München, Raum 110, I. OG

Termin übernehmen

In Matthäus Merian’s multi-volume book series, the Topographia Germaniae (1642 - c. 1660s), dozens of Alpine landscapes are interleaved with folios of chorographic prose and printed city views. Compared to earlier geographical texts like Münster’s Cosmographia (1544) and Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), the Topographia dedicates an unusual number of pages to the delineation of mountainous terrain. This presentation explores Merian’s strategies for assimilating mountains to the unfamiliar context of the geographical publication, discussing how prints of the Alps were implicated in contemporary attitudes toward and epistemologies of mountains.