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Antonio de Marchena, friar and astronomer, who advised Columbus

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1492 Advised Antonio Astronomer Astronomy Candle Columbus Friar Lorgues Moon Marchena


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This evocative image captures the enigmatic figure of Friar Antonio de Marchena, a pivotal yet often overlooked character in the annals of scientific discovery. Born in Lorgues, Provence, France, in the late 15th century, Marchena was an accomplished astronomer and a devoted member of the Dominican Order. His life intersected with history at a crucial moment, as he played a significant role in advising Christopher Columbus on astronomical matters during the explorer's preparations for his groundbreaking voyage to the New World in 1492. The moon, a celestial body that has long fascinated humankind, takes center stage in this print. Marchena, with his candle-lit study and an intricately detailed star chart spread before him, appears deep in contemplation as he gazes up at the lunar landscape. The flickering candlelight casts an ethereal glow on the parchment, illuminating the constellations and planets that would have guided Columbus on his journey. Marchena's expertise in astronomy was invaluable to Columbus, who relied on the friar's knowledge to navigate the uncharted waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The two men shared a common goal: the pursuit of new discoveries and the expansion of human understanding of the world and the cosmos. This historical print, sourced from the esteemed Mary Evans Picture Library, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us to a time when the boundaries of human knowledge were being pushed, and the mysteries of the universe were waiting to be unlocked. Friar Marchena's contributions to this period of exploration and discovery serve as a reminder of the power of curiosity, the importance of knowledge, and the enduring allure of the night sky.

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