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Paper cities on show

21 October 2003

UCL Art Collections will launch a new exhibition, 'Paper Cities: Topography and Imagination in Urban Europe c1490-1780', on 15 October 2003.

Hogenburg’s ‘Plan of London’, 1572 It will feature printed media depicting urban views across Europe from the Renaissance to the late 18th century.

The exhibition charts individual artists' engagement with various places, so visitors can explore Rembrandt's Amsterdam, Hollar's London, Canaletto's Venice and Piranesi's Rome.

UCL Art Collections Assistant Curator, Dr Tarnya Cooper commented: "Artists frequently created dramatic likenesses of place rather than an accurate depiction of an actual site. For 18th-century audiences, topographical views served as a stimulus for foreign travel, but also created armchair tourists who would use such images to roam Europe virtually."

The show is open Wednesday to Friday, 1-5pm - except during Christmas and the New Year - and runs until March 2004. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a number of events, including lunch-time gallery talks.

Image: Hogenburg's Plan of London, 1572.

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