Mercator: Travels into the Unknown

This exhibition focused on the fascinating interaction between the practice of travel in the 16th and 17th centuries and the development of cartography, with travel reports, books, letters, maps and atlases, instruments and prints. The exhibition also commemorated the five hundredth anniversary of cartographer Gerard Mercator (1512-1594).

The world view of people in Europe was considerably expanded in the 16th and 17th centuries: a new world was being opened up. Explorers, merchants and diplomats wrote down their travel experiences in journals and reports. These stories were an important source of information for cartography, which grew explosively.

This exhibition mapped out the fascinating interaction between travel and the development of cartography, with travel reports, books, letters, maps and atlases, instruments and prints.

The exhibition commemorated the five hundredth anniversary of cartographer Gerard Mercator (1512-1594). The museum possesses his only map of Flanders – a masterpiece.

25.03.2012 – 17.06.2012

Museum Plantin-Moretus
Unesco werelderfgoed