Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen
15 November 2018 to 17 February 2019
Georgstraße 18 | D-49497 Mettingen
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The cabinet exhibition puts the travel report of the cartographer Nicolas de Nicolay, first published in 1567, in dialogue with selected books and Ottoman textiles of the early modern period and consequently shows the great significance of this travel report for the European idea of people living in the Ottoman Empire.
In 1551, at the behest of the French King Henry II, Nicolas de Nicolay (1517–1583) travelled to the Ottoman Empire to study the habits and customs there and bring this knowledge back with him. The text, with sixty-one typecast illustrations of traditional Ottoman costumes was translated into four languages and printed in large print runs.
A three-language publication (German, Dutch, English) accompanies the exhibition.
Nicolas de Nicolay, Les navigations et voyages, faicts en la Turquie (detail), Antwerp: Willem Silvius, 1576 | © Draiflessen Collection (Liberna), Mettingen
Nicolas de Nicolay, Les navigations et voyages, faicts en la Turquie, Antwerp: Willem Silvius, 1576