Map art, despite its apparent simplicity, are ultimately very beautiful images. Works such as 'Nova Totius' and 'Map of the Isthmus of Darien and Panama', for example, are delicately and sensitively rendered. Although the primary focus of these country images are to inform and educate, they are also aesthetically appealing works of art that straddle the line between decoration and information.
Many educational posters employ country images in order to educate students about different countries and cultures. These works can feature historic information, as seen in 'Schieble Mexican War Map' and '1658 Visscher Map of North America and South America'. These educational posters provide insight into multiple areas of study including geography, archeology, and culture studies.