Exhibition Cities of the North Sea: Antwerp, Amsterdam, London

16 juni 2017 00:00 t/m 16 september 2017 00:00 - Locatie: TU Delft Library - Door: Communicatie BK

From 16 June till 16 September, the exhibition 'Cities of the North Sea: Antwerp, Amsterdam, London' will be on show in the TU Delft Library.

The exhibition will start with a symposium on 16 June.

About the exhibition

During the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, Antwerp, Amsterdam, and London became the leading trade centres in Northern Europe because of their position along rivers and their proximity to the North Sea. 

Community pride and urban identity culminated in streets, squares, and monumental buildings. They acted as a dynamic billboard for citizens and visitors alike: they represented what the city (or powerful factions within the citizenry) aimed to represent. These representative qualities were greatly enhanced by the use of the visual arts, which depicted the city’s most important public spaces and representative buildings. Similar illustrations often embellished maps of the city. The visual arts condensed the representative qualities of the cityscape, as well as providing it with a public not necessarily living within the city – as was obviously the case with artistic work which could be reproduced, such as prints.

The collection of prints and rare books of TU Delft Library, Trésorcollection, offers the opportunity to visually compare the three leading trade centres around the North Sea in the early modern period. Do the illustrations show places with similar characteristics, or do they rather stress the particular identities of the cities?   

The exhibition has been organised by Bianca Eriksson, Ioanna Tzavella, Mara Wang, Lydia de Vries, Maurits van Ardenne, Leonoor Mink, João Baptista Gaspar Lopes, Yishan Du, Boyuan Zhang (Master students of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft) in collaboration with Everhard Korthals Altes.