On the National Day of Unity – cartographic rarity from the museum repository
Today, on the National Day of Unity - one of the youngest Russian holidays, we invite you to take a closer look at one of the museum Collection gems – “Russian Atlas consisting of forty-three maps and dividing the Empire into forty-one governorates” that is deservedly considered one of the Russian cartography masterpieces. Moments of history, political interests, content-related scientific expertise and concept of the universe supplement each other and interlace in maps. Engraved by the eminent artists and published by well-known publishing firms, they can tell a lot about old times and its perception. While examining the maps compiled in the 17-18th centuries we perceive close links between science and art. The Russian Atlas of forty-three maps consisting of and divided by forty-one province of the Empire”, 1800 is the outstanding example of such synergy. Every map is decorated with a meaningful cartouche that characterizes the represented territory in economic, political and historical aspects. The details of creation the Atlas, date 1800, are in the introductory article to the subsection “Maps”. The biography of the Atlas compiler Alexander Wilbrecht (1757-1823) - Russian mathematician, geographer and cartographer are in the section "Authors/Producers".