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Size: 35.4 H x 70.9 W x 0.5 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.

In Wikipedia we read: “The Myth of the Flat Earth is a modern misconception that Earth was widely believed to be flat rather than spherical during the Middle Ages in Europe… Apparently, this idea originated in the 19th century and spread during the first half of the 20th century”. The Flat Earth had an open topology, surrounded by a discontinuity. Beyond the edge, the dreaded cosmic abyss threatened navigators…

From the fifteenth century the removable pictorial work displaced mural painting in importance. The painting separated from the pictorial decoration of utilitarian objects and became autonomous. Preference was given to open topology surfaces, with edges. The pictorial work became the metaphor of the Flat Earth. The edge of the painting, protected by the frame, was the warning of discontinuity. Thus, when our gaze navigates towards the edges of the painting, the cosmic abyss threatens us...

The image is also inspired by the engravings by Theodor de Bry

Keywords: Columns Of Hercules, Theodor De Bry, Endo Of The World, John Mandeville, Flat Earth, Sea, Ship, Surreal, Wonders Of The World, Columns, Discovery, Ocean

Subjects: Classical mythology

Styles: Figurative, Fine Art, Illustration, Surrealism

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Classical mythology Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Illustration Art Prints, Surrealism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints