Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin, published on the occasion of the extraordinary, eponymous Huntington Library exhibition, is effectively a successor to New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery by Anthony Grafton with April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi (1992), a book that likewise distilled the current state of the field into an original and stimulating volume to accompany an exhibition. Daniela Bleichmar's Visual Voyages explores images of nature in the region now known as Latin America between 1492 and 1859. Through a prefatory introduction and four chapters, the book shows how peoples of Latin America and Europe shaped art and science as they explored, imagined, depicted, used, and transformed nature. Bleichmar explores the purposes for which images were made, how their makers and viewers understood them, and how and why...

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