Visions of Another Continent

– Columbus’ Eyes –

by Fernando Paramio

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Columbus’ eyes


The image shows Christopher Columbus under a threatening sky, such as those that he had to look up to, when, in an almost endless journey, in harsh conditions, and quite possibly, filled with doubts, he crossed the great Atlantic Ocean for the first time in history. In addition to abandoning his roots for an indefinite period, it blew against him a common idea, since the success of the journey would be the irrefutable proof of a diametrically different conception of space: that Earth was not flat but round.

Columbus’ stance in this statue (Jeronimo Suñol and Arturo Mélida, 1885) seems the perfect resting place for a white-bellied sea eagle. There is also a tiny bird, seeking shelter from the spectacular eagle in the discoverer’s footwear. This small bird represents Queen Isabella the Catholic, for the shelter and rights she gave to the indigenous people of the discovered territories.

Who knows if Columbus, along with the knowledge and tools he used on his legendary journey, did not keep a carefully guarded secret, such as the presence of a white-bellied sea eagle who, with an excellent vision and guided by a superior power, indicated the way forward in search of the promised land.

Significance of the artwork:

This artwork shows how an average person can achieve the most incredible goals after acquiring knowledge, with adequate tools and others’ help. Define your vision, establish what you need to learn, the steps you need to give, and pursue your dreams.


Media selection (paper finish)

Matte – artist’s recommendation (Edition Etching)

I love how this creation looks using matte paper. To print your limited edition, I will use Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310gsm, a slightly textured matte paper, which provides a subtle pictorial appearance, more poetic, in line with the artwork look and story

Satin – optionally (Baryta & Platine)

Although I prefer the matte finish for this artwork, the satin paper also works undoubtedly well. It will provide a more photo-realistic appearance to this artwork. If you look for a more literal look, with deeper blacks and higher contrast, and you are not a fan of matte papers, then go for this option. Just be aware that this paper has some reflections and it will be more important to control the lighting of the room. I will use Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag (Palace edition) and Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique (rest of editions)

Technical info


End of creation: 2018


Birds – Australia

Columbus – Madrid (Spain)

Main gear

Canon EOS 5D (s-R, mark III & mark II)

Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF24 mm f/1.4L II USM


Print relevant info

Printed by the author using his own printer (total quality control)

Printer: Canon Imageprograf PRO-6000 (outstanding quality)

Inks: original Lucio PRO inks (12 pigmented inks)

Museum quality paper (norm 9706; long-lasting properties) 

Recommeded paper: Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310 g/m2 (matte) 

– Also available in satin paper:

Canson Infinity Platinum Fibre Rag 310 g/m2 (Palace Edition)

Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310 g/m2 (rest of editions)

White margin for signing and numbering (information below)

With certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered


Scale, dimensions & margins

A3 Edition

Total size: 29.7 x 42 cm – 11.7×16.5″

Image size: 24 x 36 cm – 9.4 x 14.2″

White margin: 2.8 x 3 cm – 1.1 x 1.2″

A2 Edition

Total size: 42 x 59.4 cm – 16.5 x 23.4″

Image size: 34 x 51 cm – 13.4 x 20.1″

White margin: 4 x 4.2 cm – 1.6 x 1.7″

Gallery Edition

Total size: 74 x 111.8 cm – 29.1 x 44″

Image size: 66.7 x 100 cm – 26.3 x 39.4″

White margin: 4 x 5.9 cm – 1.6 x 2.3″

Museum Edition

Total size: 111.8×167.7cm – 44×66″

Image size: 100x150cm – 39.4×59.1″

White margin*: 5.8×8.8cm – 2.3×3.5″

Château Edition

Total size: 127.0 x 190.5 cm – 50 x 75″

Image size: 115 x 172.5 cm – 45.2 x 67.9″

White margin: 6 x 8.8 cm – 2.4 x 3.5″

Palace Edition

Total size: 152.4×228.6 cm – 60×90″

Image size: 140×210 cm – 55.1 x 82.7″

White margin*: 6.2×9.3cm – 2.4×3.7″

* A different white margin width is possible under request


  • Conceived, executed and printed by the artist
  • Visually pleasing, intellectually stimulating and emotionally alive
  • Museum quality paper and long-lasting properties
  • Exclusive limited editions to protect this art investment
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