The Aesthetic of Maps: Considerations on their Mutable Functions

  • Anne Cristyne Pereira Santa Catarina State University–Florianópolis
  • Flávio Anthero Nunes Vianna dos Santos Santa Catarina State University–Florianópolis
Keywords: Aesthetic Function, Map Design, Jan Mukařovský, Aesthetic Object, Artistic Object


The purpose of this paper is to give a short review of the concepts of artistic and aesthetic function given by Jan Mukařovský, the Czech literary and aesthetic theorist. Mukařovský gives a clear concept of aesthetic function and its use in distinguishing the difference between artistic objects and aesthetic objects. The functions of an object—a map, for instance—can change in time and space, as are shown in two examples.
How to Cite
Pereira, A. C., & dos Santos, F. A. N. V. (2012). The Aesthetic of Maps: Considerations on their Mutable Functions. Cartographic Perspectives, (73), 93-96.
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