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Ancient map lecture offered today

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum and NIU Museum Studies students will offer an informative talk by a local expert on ancient maps, Gerald Brauer.

“Art a la carte: Decorative Imagery in Maps, 1500 – 1800” will be presented from 7:15 to 8 p.m. today in Altgeld Hall 315. This free public lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “MAPPING: Measuring Across Place and Period; Information, Navigation and Geography,” on display in the museum’s South Galleries through May 24.

Brauer has been a “collector/enthusiast” of ancient maps for more than 35 years. He loaned a number of items from his extensive personal collection for display in the exhibition.

His talk will focus on the evolution of decoration on antique maps from 1500 to the late 1800s, and how this decoration often enhances the presentation and impact of the geographic content. He also will discuss the direct connection between what is decoratively displayed on the map and what location the map depicts.

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