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July 09, 2004


"A View in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay, New Zealand" was painted over an earlier work, the first known depiction of Antarctica.

One of Captain James Cook's official artists painted the first image of Antarctica, new x-ray analysis shows. But the painting had remained hidden for more than two centuries, as the artist had painted the landscape of a New Zealand bay over it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 9, 2004 08:25 AM

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I saw that and thought it amazing. The naturalist's eye in the work was the most impressive thing capturing just the scene before him. I remember seeing a medieval German painting I think at the British museum that was inexplicable a realist scene of a corner of a building and plants in proper perspective and accurate botanical detail. The painter capability was a stylistic dead-end and his/her identity unknown. Just a recording of what was before the painter's eye.

Posted by: Alan at July 9, 2004 10:37 AM