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Lunch Bite – A Collection of Images Illustrating the Art of War in the 18th Century
August 16, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Bénédicte Miyamoto, associate professor at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and a fellow in the Institute’s library, will present highlights of manuscript maps, fortification drawings and artillery diagrams in the Institute’s collections that illustrate the art of the war in the eighteenth century. Military engineers, draftsmen and topographers received artistic training that was used to produce these documents, which were vital tools in eighteenth-century warfare. Artistic skills were not only needed for in-situ sketching, but were also required to produce a wealth of copies for the military corps. Many of the documents did not circulate in print given their military nature and the need for secrecy.
The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the documents.