Student Mapographies

Student research into early modern maps and views.

Aden: "A Trading World of Cities"

Aden, a coastal city in Yemen, was sieged by the Portuguese in 1513 and was disputed by the Portuguese and Ottoman empires throughout the sixteenth century. Braun and Hogenberg illustrated the city in the first edition of Civitates Orbis Terrarum in 1572.


Ceuta: A Travelogue of Chorographic Views

The collection of Ceuta chorographies transitions over time from more traditional, almost travelogue chorographies, in the 16th and early 17th century to works more focused on aerial views by the late 17th and early 18th century.


Turin Chorographies Overview

The collection of Turin chorographies reveals how the style and focus of maps can be momentarily affected by events in a city’s history. Specifically, military conflict around Turin in the early 1700s changed period depictions of the city relative to the timeline of the entire collection (1682 to 1750).


Nice Chorographies Overview

The collection of Nice chorographies has fewer views than both the Boston and Ceuta selections, but offers a pattern of what geographic features chorographies of Nice focus on.


Boston Chorographies Overview

The Boston chorographies stand out in their combination of both British and colonial artists and their variety of viewpoints over the course of the 18th century.