Visions of Another Continent

– Columbus’ Eyes –

by Fernando Paramio

To see the details at 100% display, move the cursors inside the image and use left and right arrows

Columbus’ eyes


The image shows Christopher Columbus under a threatening sky, such as those that he had to navigate, when, in an almost endless journey, in harsh conditions, and quite possibly, filled with doubts, he crossed the great Atlantic Ocean. In addition to abandoning his roots for an indefinite period, it blew against him a common idea, since the success of his journey would be the irrefutable proof of a diametrically different conception of space: that the 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 a white-bellied sea eagle that, equipped with excellent vision and guided by a higher power – whichever it was – indicated him the way forward in search of the desired land.

Significance of the artwork:

This artwork shows how a person, with knowledge, tools, and the support of some, can change the conception of the world.



Media selection (paper finish)

Matte – Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag

To print this work I will use my favorite matte museum-quality paper: Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag, slightly textured, with a complete absence of reflection. It provides a subtle pictorial appearance, more poetic, in line with the image look and story  

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)

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

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

Better ambiances

Improved sensations

Greater comfort

Greater prestige