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KC PAILLARD
Hic sunt leones

2018

About

This painting is part of a project called "Terra Incognita". It is about discovery, travel and the beauty of foreign lands. The unknown lands are for me like a dream filled with adventure, dangerous creatures and passion. It also inspires me happiness and serenity. I use pigments and dry pastels and gold/silver/copper leaves on linen stretched canvas and finish with satin varnish. This painting is called "Hic Sunt Leones" referring to the classical phrase used by ancient Roman and Medieval cartographers HIC SVNT LEONES (literally, "here are lions") when denoting unknown territories on maps. This medieval quote and practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea-monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps to signify dangerous and unexplored territories, was a way to say "there's bad stuff out there". I love the idea of great adventure and the thirst for discovery and curiosity about the world and the belief in Marco Polo's 7448 Spice Islands in the Far East. I can imagine the intense excitement and the intellectual ferment created by the knowledge that it was possible to sail 'around the world' and not be lost 'over the edge'. This conquest of the fear of the unknown world, the exploration, the passion, this Age of Discovery in the long period of European renaissance are truly inspirational for me.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 31.5 in. x W 47.25 in. x D 1.58 in.

    H 80 cm x W 120 cm x D 4 cm

  • Gallery location
    Stockholm, SE
  • Reference number
    LU82032982151

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