Artists across all times and spaces have been inspired by maps, from the topographical road plan to the wartime atlas. Maps made recurring appearances in Dutch painter Vermeer's classic works of art. English artists such as Stephen Walter and Simon Patterson were commissioned to interpret the undergrounds of London, from Tube lines to sewer gates.
What is it about maps that so easily represents both an external way of orienting ourselves and our personal relationships with the world? Whether interpreting an important event in world history or moved to map the path from Point A to Point B, check out these 25 Artists Inspired by Maps.