Prints and charts

Photographing prints and charts

When photographing historical prints, maps and charts, capturing the structure of the paper and rendering the nearly white nuances is very important. For this reason, the contrast and colour balance are accurately determined using colour management . Although prints often have more contrast than drawings, measurements still need to be taken to ensure that the work comes across as vibrant and true-to-life.

Historical prints, maps and charts all contribute to how we experience the past. Using different techniques, prints and cards were produced in multiple copies, enabling them to reach a large public. The purpose of the works you see below was far less personal than drawings made in the same period: it was more about the world-at-large, travelling and discovery.

We first see two coloured prints of the enigmatic Brittenburg Castle. This Roman border fort was supposedly located on the North Sea coast near Katwijk. However, the castle disappeared into the sea without trace: having last been heard of in 1923. The prints are part of a collection given as a gift in 2013 to Castle Duivenvoorde by Prof. F. C. J. Ketelaar. Next, we see two prints by Johannes Stradamus, (1520-1570) depicting Columbus’ voyage and the discovery of America. Then, two coloured maps by Joan Blaeu. The last four works are part of the extensive Dutch maritime collection of Gallery Rob Kattenburg.