A view of Buenos Aires (1789) by Italian artist Fernando Brambila, one of the many painters who participated in the Malaspina Expedition (1789-94). The voyage sought to bring imperial Spain accurate scientific knowledge regarding the most distant corners of its vast empire. Museo Naval, Madrid.
Painted between 1556 and 1559, this famous painting by Titian depicts the myth of the hunter Actaeon who, accidentally (or perhaps not…), stumbles across the goddess Diana naked, while she bathes in a clearing deep in the woods. This invasion of both her chastity and her divine space incite her to turn the hunter into […]
Wood-cut print by the Northeast Brazilian contemporary popular poet and artist J. Borges. Such artworks often accompany poetry chapbooks which explore the region’s mythologies, politics, and history.
Protagonist Coco drives across the vast Patagonian desert, a locale where both land and sky seem to stretch into eternity.
A cow in the small town of Gravatà, Pernambuco. Cattle are a major form of livelihood in Northeast Brazil, and are often the subjects of mythical stories.
Watercolour (1769) by Alejo Berlinguero, one of the foremost Spanish naval cartographers and painters of the 18th century. This piece shows two ships in distress in the great ‘Southern Sea’ near Tierra del Fuego, which the vessels had been sent to chart. Archivo General de Indias, Seville.