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Early European Maps and Views

August 23–December 31, 1993
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.


original exhibition poster
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Overview: Twenty-four volumes from the rare book collection, dated from 1503 to the late 1700s, were on view. The selection included examples of early city plans, maps, urban views, and monuments. The books ranged from some of the most interesting of their kind in subject matter and quality of illustrations to modest travel accounts and guide books. Overall they bore witness to a rich and varied pictorial record that has long been of historical value and artistic inspiration to countless antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, and travelers.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, was curator.