Category: Pictorial Works
Portrait of Gerhard Mercator.
Portrait of Captain James Cook.
Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci.
What’s also interesting about both the depictions is although one side of the Moon is always facing the Earth, there is enough variation from month to month that a little bit more than one half of the Moon’s surface is visible from time-to-time from the Earth, uh, hence the overlapping circles in both cases. As, uh, one can also see, there are some wonderful depictions of Cherubs – uh, one Cherub holding on his shoulder and the other looking through, presumably, emulating the way in which the early viewers of the Moon used telescopes to learn more about the surface. Selenography can be defined as “the science of the physical features of the moon” or “lunar geography.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selenography Accessed 23 Mar. 2021.
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Theodor De Bry’s Grand Voyages
One of the pictures which is particularly interesting shows the Spanish invaders attempting to embattle the Indians who are defending themselves in a variety of manners. At the very center of the picture there is a group of Indians shown up in a stylized tree, pouring some substance – water, oil, who knows what – down upon the attacking conquistadors, who are holding up a large piece of wood to trying to fend it off. Meanwhile other Spaniards are firing rifles up at the tree – you can see the plumes of smoke at the end of their barrels – and an effort has been made, so far unsuccessful, to chop the tree down and to overcome the, uh, resistance accordingly. Needless to say, this is a hyper-stylized account of the conflict between the invading conquistadors and the native peoples, but it succeeds, I think, in depicting and making graphic for the modern eye just how brutal that period was.
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Francisco Pisarro and Athabaliba, ultimus rex Peruanorum
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A comparative view of the principal waterfalls, islands, lakes, rivers and mountains in the Western and Eastern Hemispheres
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La corveta Atrevida entre bancas del nieve
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Engraving of Sebastian Münster
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