On January 12, Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Nabilla Ait Daoud, Deputy Mayor for Culture in Antwerp, and Thomas Leysen, chairman of the King Baudouin Foundation, unveiled the map of Utopia at the Plantin-Moretus Museum. End of January, you will be able to admire Ortelius’16th century map, acquired by the Foundation, at our BRAFA stand.
The Map of Utopia (1595-96), made by the famous Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius, is the only engraving that exists of the imaginary island described by Thomas More and it is now preserved for future generations. The same is true for a magnificent 17th century illustrated Mons songbook and a 15th century book of Gregorian chant.
The King Baudouin Foundation was able to acquire the ‘Recueil des plus beaux airs de ce temps’ composed in 1620, at Arenberg Auctions on 13 October, 2018. The manuscript has some thirty full-page miniatures, created on vellum and silk, all of exceptional quality.
So, what could Utopia be like, this imaginary island where everything is guided by reason? The only original engraving that remains of the island described by Thomas More has been able to be acquired by the King Baudouin Foundation. It is now available for everyone to see at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.