Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#573 Looking Down at the Plantin-Moretus Museum

Many people leave the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, the only museum on the UNESCO World Heritage list, having seen the world's two oldest surviving printing presses, circa 1600. 

Bibliophiles leave raving about the rooms and rooms and rooms full of books, arranged by size, many of the volumes printed in this building.

Mapheads focus on the Geography Room full of early maps and globes printed here for Mercator and Ortelius.

But underfoot is a patina built and burnished by human contact over hundreds of years.

Focused on the historic furnishings, visitors may overlook the materials, colors, and textures underfoot, each functional in its own place and each telling a story. 

Yours in keeping things grounded,

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