Pictorial maps are similar to panoramic maps, illustrated maps, bird’s eyeview maps, perspective maps, and geo pictorial maps. They portray a given place in a more artistic way instead of technical in style. They differ from the road map, topographic map, and atlas.
Since ancient times until the present modern age, Pictorial maps are used to show the different landmarks and specialties of a country such as the cuisines, tourist attractions of a town, industries, its holy shrines, history of a region, and many other popular icons of a place.
During the medieval times, pictorial images, as well as historical and religious ideas, appeared more prominent than geographic proportions. One example is the T and O map which when used in the classroom, can give the students a good visualization of the nature of the contrasting areas of a country. Pictorial maps are a matter of gathering images to exemplify different places that require a thorough understanding of the icons being illustrated on the map.
In the Age of Exploration, maps were enhanced and developed to be more accurate to be used for navigational purposes. They had drawings and sketches such as cruising ships that showed the direction of the winds, small mounds, and trees to represent a forest, and other natural resources that depict the different areas of a country.
In the nineteenth century, as cartography developed, the pictorial art regained its fame. The production, as well as the collection of illustrated maps went on a mania. Just like a website of their era, people want to have a copy of the illustrated map to be competitive in developing the industry and attract immigrant trade.
During the twentieth century, tourism grew, and panoramic maps regained popularity. Another revival occurred again in the 1970s and 1980s when companies like Descartes and Archar produced numerous promotional maps. Local businesses were attracted to these panoramic maps having their emblems embedded on their establishments.
At present, digital advancement has enhanced the process on the research and execution of illustrated maps. Like a brilliant writing, a good panoramic map requires intricate labor, creative editing, and aesthetic choices rather than technology. Illustrated maps are always mounted in a standpoint of imagination.