Art and science sometimes combine, and nowhere do they combine more beautifully than in the field of map-making. Spend a few homeschool minutes this week learning about the early Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius, born on this day (14 April) in 1527.
Saturday is Arts Day in the River Houses, so why not take a homeschool tour of a beautiful online exhibit of Abraham Ortelius’ maps, available from the Google Arts & Culture website:
- 🗺 ABRAHAM ORTELIUS: Inventor of the Atlas – an exhibit curated by the Museum Plantin-Moretus (artsandculture.google.com)
Ortelius is often considered the creator of the first atlas — a bound book of maps — and also the first person to “discover” continental drift. That last point is perhaps a slight exaggeration in modern terms, but he did note that the outlines of South America and Africa fit together and that it almost appeared as though they had been “torn apart” — an observation that would have been impossible to make in earlier ages before the outlines of the major landmasses became known.
What artistic discoveries (or artistic-scientific discoveries) have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: For a brief overview of European voyages of discovery that made Ortelius’ map-making possible, turn to pages 224–225 in your recommended River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books).