TITLE: Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Sources and Texts
EVENT DATE: 2009/05/15
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 151 minutes
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Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography.
Using the first session on the transmission of texts as a general theoretical framework, speakers in this session specifically discussed Waldseemuller's sources, both textual and cartographic. The complexity of his sources is something that has yet to be studied in any coherent, scholarly way, and these papers aimed to provide the basis for further research in this area.