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When the artists were drawing the cards

75 min visit

Paris
National Archives Museum
25 Sep → 6 Jan 2020
From Mon to Fri 10 am to 5:30 pm. Sat and Sun 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Closed Tue.

« The time machine is ready to go, don't miss it!  »

Who has never dreamed of going back in time and seeing the landscapes of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance? To know the daily life of that time? To know what cities and countryside, fauna and flora looked like? This is what the exhibition "When artists drew maps" invites you to do, which proposes to discover the most beautiful known copies of maps, plans and views of territories preserved by archives and libraries. Made between 1300 and 1600 throughout France, these "figures" are at the confluence of art and cartography. More than a help in finding a path, they represent a territory, symbols of a view of the world. With several animations, the exhibition accompanies us in this exploration of maps. It helps to understand by whom and why they were commissioned, who created them and how, what technological developments they have undergone over the years.

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