Cartographic Grids (Mappa Mundi)

Juan Geuer

BIRTH YEAR 1917
BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH YEAR 2009
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario
MEDIUM Scribing on white mylar enclosed in two pieces of plexiglass
DATE 2003
DIMENSIONS 53.3cm x 45.7cm x 1.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.01
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A cartographic grid of the map of the world on a white background within a bold rectangular border with the underlined text [MAPPA MUNDI] in the top left. The paper is mounted beneath heavy Plexiglas. This piece references a historical mapping system and sense of place. “Mappa Mundi” is the Latin term for schematic mediaeval European maps of the world. Far from geographically accurate, these maps were instead used as teaching tools and illustrated a range of symbolism from flora and fauna to mythological, religious and historical reference points.

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