Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Map o’ Leonardo’s

Ok, so here’s the scoop: There’s going to be an exhibit that will open at the Walters Art Museum here in Charm City in March that’s all about maps. Naturally, I can’t contain myself, and I’m going to share things with you as I find them out.

The exhibition is called Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, and will have tons of rare and important maps that people like me freak out about. The exhibition’s going to have maps from ancient Rome, Benjamin Franklin, JRR Tolkien, and even Leonardo da Vinci.

I know when most people think of Leonardo they think of the Mona Lisa or Dan Brown’s book, or at worst, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

While its true that he is best known as an inventor and painter, turns out he was also an accomplished surveyor and mapmaker. His 1502 map of northern Italy illustrates his groundbreaking idea to use color to indicate changes in elevation, and when the exhibition opens, you’ll be able to see that 500 year old masterpiece up close!

Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Apparently, yours truly isn’t the only Majesty of Maps.

If you want to learn about more cool stuff that Leonardo did, you can check out these sites:

Leonardo da Vinci’s 10 Best Ideas

Leonardo da Vinci Blog

Maps by Leonardo da Vinci

1 comment:

Anna said...

When I heard that there were going to be maps by Leonardo da Vinci at Maps: Finding Our Place in the World at The Walters Art Museum in BaltimoreI kept thinking 'the Mona Lisa?,' come to find out da Vinci was also quite the mapmaker. See da Vinci's 1502 map of Northern Italy, the first map to ever incorporate color to indicate changes in elevation. Sounds incredible right? It is! Come see this and his other map!

Go to www.baltimore.org/maps/maps.php for more info and to see videos of the curator talking about the exhibition.