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Depictions of the universe throughout history

lundi 28 mai 2018

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  • Scenographia Systematis Mundani Ptolemaici, Allemagne, Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Kartenabteilung
    Scenographia Systematis Mundani Ptolemaici
    Photo (C) BPK, Berlin, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Ruth Schacht


From the earliest ancient astrological discs to virtual technologies such as Google Maps, human beings have always attempted to model the depictions of the world that they have successively created over the course of history.

Religion, astrology and science have all played their part in this epic story, a genuine mirror into mankind's existential interrogations.
Still largely influenced by religious thinking, depictions from the end of the Middle Ages are marked by a desire to understand man's place in the universe, seen as a whole entity, whose laws were not yet well known.           

With the advent of humanism and the development of exploration, the expansion of geographic knowledge led to the creation of genuine treasures in the field of cartography.               
The rediscovery of ancient scientific and oriental texts opened new doors in the field of physics and astronomy. This led to the emergence of new scientific tools and a revolution in the systems of astronomical representation.  

The 19th century opened the door to new explorations and the popularisation of scientific knowledge.
In the contemporary era, existential questions about mankind are still being seen in Art, a true receptacle of depictions from history.