This mosaic, found in Palestrina, a town to the east of ancient Rome, dates to around the 1st century BC. It shows a turning point from a cartographic view of landscape to a Roman interest in the exotic potential of Nilotic scenes. The Nile here becomes the focal point around which we see both idyllic […]
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.
Flemish cartographer Jodocus Hondius’ 1611 map of the Strait of Magellan. Surrounded by mysterious sea creatures, the large text and compass rose used to fill the great unknown southern landmass show just how little Europeans knew about this region, even almost 100 years after Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe. Library of Congress, Washington DC.
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 […]