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« Apparences vestimentaires et cartographie de l’espace en Europe occidentale aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles »

Abstract : The presence of different peoples’dressed figures on the maps of the great atlas of the 16th and 17th c. is striking. From two famous north European editorial enterprises of the time –Braun and Hogenberger’ Civitates Orbis Terrarum (The Cities of the World, Cologne, 1572) et Blaeu’ Atlas Novus (New Atlas, Amsterdam, 1635) – we study the relationships between these peoples’ costumed figures and the representation of the urban and geographical spaces. Their presence comes from a humanistic cartographical tradition. According to this tradition Man belongs to the space, so the figure is set in front of the map or in its side vignettes. These figures have a didactic function relating to the nations, but they are also the emblems of the geographical spaces they identify and visually distinguish by their inhabitants’clothes. In Civitates, the figures of citizens of Western Europe personify urbanity, by the way they are dressed and by their bodily postures. In the atlas, the dressed figures are also visual elements which help the west European reader to judge the sartorial difference and otherness. So they help to make him realize the geographical distance which separes him from the spaces mapped by the great atlas of the time.
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Isabelle Paresys. « Apparences vestimentaires et cartographie de l’espace en Europe occidentale aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles ». Isabelle Paresys. Paraître et Apparences du Moyen Âge à nos jours , Presses universitaires du Septentrion, pp.256-272, 2008, 2859399968. ⟨hal-01568098⟩



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