During the Age of Exploration, European science and geography advanced at a great rate. Burgeoning curiosity led to vast improvements in European knowledge of the natural world, as evidenced through increasingly accurate maps as well as detailed depictions of flora and fauna. Delve into the historical connections between scientists, explorers, and artists here.

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The Northeastern University Library is excited to introduce the prints and maps within the Picturing the World collection to its students, faculty, and the greater community. In addition to the presenting digitized versions of each piece located on this website, as well as the full archival-quality files available through the Digital Repository Service, Northeastern has integrated the physical prints within campus classrooms, where they have been analyzed in several courses.

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A cartographic revolution propelled Dutch artists to represent the world with scientific precision. Boasting hallmarks such as the birth of the modern atlas, 16th-century Antwerp became a center of trade, craftsmanship, and discovery. Trace the pathways of collaboration and innovation among cartographers of the Dutch Golden Age through this exhibit.

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