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Colours on French Pragmatic Mapping (1300-1550)


At the end of the Middle Ages in Europe, a new type of maps developed, that described local spaces or places, including cities, villages, rural areas, parishes, jurisdictional territories, counties or small regions, and river courses, etc. They were commissioned by individuals and organizations and served many different purposes, including the administration of justice and of territory, construction and repair, commemoration of historical events and celebration of cities. Because of their functional character, they can be categorized as “practical maps” or “pragmatic maps” (referring to pragmatic literacy). These maps were generally produced by a painter, in a single copy, mostly on parchment, and were finely drawn and painted with beautiful colours. Investigating the use of colours in the corpus of French pragmatical maps, this paper shows that colours were generally used in reference to the real landscape, but also in function of pictorial traditions, and sometimes of a specific colour code. They were also determined by the expectations of their patrons and audiences, and by the skills of the painters-mapmakers. Eventually, the use of colours in these maps reveal a robust link between art and cartography.
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halshs-04551376, version 1 (18-04-2024)


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Juliette Dumasy-Rabineau. Colours on French Pragmatic Mapping (1300-1550). Diana Lange; Benjamin Van Der Linde. Maps and Colours : A Complex Relationship, Brill, pp.102-115, 2024, 978-90-04-46736-1. ⟨halshs-04551376⟩
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