Thursday, July 24, 2008

Le Moyne

What He Saw at the Clash of Civilizations
Reviewed By STUART FERGUSON for The Wall Street Jounal
July 18, 2008; Page W8
Painter in a Savage Land By Miles Harvey (Random House, 338 pages, $27)
Jacques le Moyne de Morgues may be the most influential artist you've never heard of. His elegant depictions of 16th-century Florida's flora and fauna -- including its native inhabitants and questing imperial visitors -- have made their way into millions of primary-school textbooks and have served, for historians, as the documentary record of a time (so hard to imagine now) before cellphone cameras.CONTINUED

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