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Visible EmpireBotanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment$
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Daniela Bleichmar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226058535

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.001.0001

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Visions of Imperial Nature: Global White Space, Local Color

Visions of Imperial Nature: Global White Space, Local Color

(p.149) Chapter Five Visions of Imperial Nature: Global White Space, Local Color
Visible Empire

Daniela Bleichmar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the geopolitics of knowledge and the visual material of the Spanish Empire's natural history expeditions. It suggests that the expeditions were part of an effort to make much of the empire invisible and explains that images produced show isolated botanical fragments floating on overwhelmingly blank pages. It also discusses the differences between the two modes of botanical illustration. These include the insistence on global white space and the profusions of local color.

Keywords:   geopolitics of knowledge, visual material, Spanish Empire, natural history expeditions, botanical illustration, global white space

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