Re: [pepysdiary] Portugal & The World in the C 16 & 17
- Lovely find, Michael. The slide show of the artworks themselves is terrific.
At 08:27 AM 6/26/2007 +0000, you wrote:
>Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th. and 17th.
>June 24September 16, 2007
>Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
>At the Sackler, Art That Meant the World to Portugal
>By Stephen Brookes Special to The Washington Post
>Sunday, June 24, 2007; Page N01
>To look at Henricus Martellus's 1490 map of the world is to behold a
>strange, unsettling planet. Europe seems vaguely familiar, but beyond
>the Mediterranean everything dissolves wildly into myth. Africa is a
>squarish blob, connected to Asia by a long strip of land. A huge
>island called Taprobana dominates the Indian Ocean, and there's no
>hint of the Americas or the Pacific Ocean; the map simply stops at
>China. Half the world is a confused jumble, and the other half is not
>yet even imagined.
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