Explorers...Long may you Live-Explorers Monument, Lisbon, Portugal by Wayne Cook

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On the edge of the Rio Tejo (Tagus) stands a grand momument to the explorers of Portugal….Those intrepid men from Lisbon and beyond, who made such an undeniably long lasting change to their world, and ours.

Pause for a moment….I looked up the subject of Portuguese Explorers at Wikipedia. There are no less than 108 pages of these gregarious fellows, who left the safety of home and hearth to find a world, waiting quietly to be uncovered.

There is a favorite tome in my library, called aptly, “The Mapmaker”, by Frank Slaughter. It is a novel about the man who drew the famous map of the world in 1436. His name was Andrea Bianco, and Lisbon was the center of the then known universe.

King John I, is on the throne of Portugal, and the age of exploration is about to explode, for the curiosity of this man knows no bounds. He seeks knowledge of the ends of the earth.

Andrea is a real man, a mapmaker from Venice, who lived long before Columbus.

So is Infante D. Henrique, Prince of Portugal, born in 1394. The Infante (Prince) had a colorful life. He established a school for the art of navigation, mapmaking, and shipbuilding in Portugal, which was to influence those skills for hundreds of years to follow. Wikipedia disputes this, but having visiting schools of this fashion myself, in South America, I know from experience that these schools are often very small and humble. Henry’s life lends credence to this scenario, in that he, although in a royal lineage, did not flaunt his wealth, but used it for helping others, and funding exploration. He is described as a man of “soft words” and mild mannered.

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002678F/prince_h...

This tiny nation of Portugal, was the first European land to explore the unknown world. The European projenitor of discovery, the concept that man will always want to reach for the stars.

My little book, and my visit to Lisbon, began to unravel a bit of the puzzle that has lain dormant in my soul for a number of years…The pieces are starting to fit together…

Comments

  • felicitas
    felicitasover 5 years ago

    I-have-been-there!!!! – Great work, even though it is only 20% water! :-))

  • Thank you, and my apologies :)

    – Wayne Cook

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago

    Congratulations Wayne for such beauty and the magnificent text you have added to this photo. This is a very special monument to me too. From here that man Infante D.Henrique, Templar, had a vision of a big world. And the ships sailed away from this river. Thanks to his vision, I was born in Mozambique, of which I am so happy. I have had the opportunity to live in Africa and know a beautiful world while the country was a Portuguese Colony. Thanks for your marketing of this small country that was once an Empire.:)

  • This wonderful, Tereza…the history and these men tied different parts of the world together. Thank you so much for putting these words here. Because of Portugal, we exist. I don’t think to many people ponder that, nor the implications of one man’s vision. What a privilege it was to me, to see that monument.

    – Wayne Cook

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago

  • Thank you guys so much!!! This is really humbling to receive this honor, Tereza, as I learned so much during my visit there.

    – Wayne Cook

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Great composition, my friend!

  • Bela, thank you so much for your kind words :)

    – Wayne Cook

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • Hi, Rajeev! Thank you, my friend :))

    – Wayne Cook

  • Dyle Warren
    Dyle Warrenover 5 years ago

    Ah, Prince Henry the Navigator! I was there for a visit in 1970 and was awed by this stunning monument. Well captured Wayne!

  • Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

    – Wayne Cook

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 5 years ago

    wow, that is one amazing monument!

  • Thank you, Linda! You know, it’s both humbling and an honor to be able to present a bit of what I saw in Portugal….I hope to return to Lisbon and do more. It is a grand, justifiably pround and beautiful country full of history, wonderful literature and scenery.

    – Wayne Cook

  • madvlad
    madvladover 5 years ago

    lord this is beautiul- i can,t believe i once was there-a long life time ago

  • Thank you, my friend and it is wonderful, finding the number of people who relate this is particular image:)

    – Wayne Cook

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photograph. Your commentary is filled with vivid imagery. You are not only a great artist, your are also a terrific writer.

  • You are so kind, my friend…..thank you from the bottom of my heart :)

    – Wayne Cook

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 5 years ago

    What an amazing sculpture and the human element really gives it scale

  • Thank you so much:)))

    – Wayne Cook

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