• The Century of the Baroque – Some Impressions

    Before I begin to examine details of the Seventeenth Century maps that show how Ile Saint Jean appeared and was depicted at that time, I want to offer this collection of a few of my great enthusiasms to give you a taste of this most extraordinary century.   A Time of Space, Light and Optics In the 1600 all the arts – painting, sculpture, architecture and the articulation of space – and the sciences – optics in particular, underwent changes that made much of what had come before seem contained and compressed, and lacking exploratory energy and intense light-filled and directed exploration. For me the greatest initiator of this new…