Wednesday, April 19, 2006

(4) The Beekeepers, map of Orion

POSTCARD composite showing a hidden star map in Pieter Bruegel's drawing of The Beekeepers. This drawing is an imitation of The Pedlar, with a star map that is much more difficult to find and also much more precise. The scale and precision of the map on which the drawing was apparently based suggest that it was made with the aid of a flat mirror, most likely a highly polished copper plate since the drawing was suitable for engraving. (click on the image for a larger picture)

2 Comments:

Anonymous beanpat said...

Do you really mean POSTCARD, the kind yhat you send your friends while traveing?

April 19, 2006 6:27 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

They're the same images I sometimes print on postcards or tape together as fanfold books (although when they're posted on the blog I don't need to put a stamp on them).

April 20, 2006 3:32 PM  

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