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.
This example is one of three mythological landscape paintings from the Villa at Boscotrecase, discovered in the Bay of Naples and dating to the last decade of the first century BCE. It depicts the story of the hero Perseus saving Andromeda from the Ketos, a sea monster to which she had been sacrificed. The sea, […]
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.
This mosaic, dating to around the third century CE, was discovered in a Roman house in Souisse, Tunisia. Dionysus was the god of wine, ecstasy and letting go of reason, and was therefore also associated with wilderness, untamed by civilisation and order. Here he is depicted with wild beasts and framed in curling tendrils of […]