Europe, I love you

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The map marvelously and efficiently compresses time and space, legend and fact into a single image. It is in some ways a one-page visual précis, presented in geographical terms, of the vast information contained in the encyclopaedia it introduces. Map’s colours make it one of the most fascinating drawings.

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For me, the most important map is Europa Regina. I don’t think it is my best map nor in artistic neither in historical reasons but it means …very much for me. Europa Regina, Latin for Queen Europe, is the map-like depiction of the European continent as a queen. Introduced and made popular during the mannerist period, Europe is shown standing upright with the Iberian Peninsula forming her crowned head, and Bohemia her heart. Her long gown stretches to Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Livonia, Bulgaria, Muscovy, Albania and Greece. In her arms, formed by Italy and Denmark, she holds a sceptre and an orb (Sicily). The cartographical personification of Europe as a regal woman is tied to the Hapsburg court and the engraver Johannes Putsch, or, as he latinized his name for humanist readers, Johannes Bucius.  Bucius’ map was reproduced in a  widely popular Cosmographia assembled by Sebastian Munster’s Cosmographia from its 1570 edition. The map was first printed by Calvinist Christian Wechel.

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If you tell me whom you admire I could probably tell you a great deal about hopes, dreams, and personal styles and I am not a psychic………….

I just want to live in the European city.

I do not need anything fancy, but I do need a bed to read and sleep in, a big table to eat and write on, as well as some space for my books, and something to put my clothes in.

I want to wake up and drink coffee overlooking the city that I do not know very well and am very hungry to explore.

I do not want to spend my time with people, who do not really care.

I want to wander around and truly live.

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Ella

……Imagine all the people sharing all the world…. 

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one   JOHN LENNON

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About conservationwithella

Hello, I'm Ella, Art on Paper Conservator & Preservation Manager at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections. This blog is a walk through my daily life, work, arts & crafts history, my discovery that everything in my life is enough to be a continuous source of reflection. I started blogging to entertain myself but I hope you enjoy it too. I'm sure you agree, that Life without art is nothing. :)

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