The Art of African Exploration - Smithsonian Library presentation
- Dear Art Educators,
Some of you may find this on-line presentation from Smithsonian
The Art of African Exploration:
Comparisons of the rhinoceros drawings are interesting. While the
Albrecht Durer drawing is probably the most familiar to you, they do
show a similar drawing from another engraver.
From the site home page:
The lure of the unknown has always inspired travel. Early maps of
Africa show vast expanses of uncharted territory. Before the 1800s,
little was known about the interior of the continent, its geography,
plants, animals, and peoples. As advances in medicine and technology
made longer journeys possible, the zeal for African exploration
peaked. A host of European travelers, driven by scientific curiosity,
the desire for conquest or profit, missionary fervor or a thirst for
adventure, explored the continent. Africa became a magnet for
adventurers and scientists, opportunists and humanitarians. By the
late 1800s, much of Africa had been mapped, giving European nations a
foothold for imperialism, while uncovering a world largely unknown to
The compelling images that emerged from this time tell the story of
Africa as it was first seen by Western eyes, and the impact it had on
a fascinated public.
Check the following sections:
An Imperfectly Known Land
Science and the Cape of Good Hope
Stanley & Livingstone
The Smoke that Thunders: Victoria Falls
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