The Hereford Map (c. 1300): The World’s Place Between Human Vision and Divine Providence with Marcia Kupfer

Venue: College Hall

Thanks to its large format and intact survival, the Hereford map is justly famous as the foremost western medieval artefact depicting the known world. A voluminous literature to date has focused on the map’s relevance for the history of cartography and its value to medieval studies. For all the published commentary, however, sustained reflection on the map as a work of art has remained noticeably lacking. Marcia Kupfer overturns the scholarly status quo to show how a poetics of vision programmatically shaped the map’s original display, formal design, and allegorical fabric.


Marcia is author of the most recent book on the Hereford Mappa Mundi, Art and Optics in the Hereford Map, published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016.

Life & Learning is the adult education arm of Hereford Cathedral, working to broaden understanding and debate in theology, social issues, and the arts. Tickets cost £8 and booking is essential. To book, contact the Cathedral Library on (01432) 374225 / 374226 or email: [email protected]