Logo: O Caderno de Aimé-Adrien Taunay - Histórias, descobertas e percursos
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special thanks to: Logo: Museu Paulista
Logo: O Caderno de Aimé-Adrien Taunay - Histórias, descobertas e percursos


What was a scientific expedition?

One of the characteristics of the 19th was the large attention, given by the State, to Science. The belief was that it would bring about technological progress and economic advances. Funding scientific activity became a deliberate action taken by the major European and American rulers. Scientific expeditions for the recognition and exploration of territories and continents started to be at the top of the political agenda, as they enabled considerable surveys on available natural resources, which had both research and economic value. In the broader context of colonial expansion, the expeditions also fulfilled political and military purposes related to the mapping and domination of lands still unexplored.

This image is a painting. Title: Riv.e Cubatão, près de Santos, 1825.
Artist: Aimé-Adrien Taunay. Medium and support: Watery nankin on paper. This is a painting of a landscape with a river surrounded by vegetation. At the center bottom part there is a canoe with four people. Two of them are sited while the other two at the canoe’s rear are paddling standing. At the painting’s center bottom there is an inscription with the title. The artist’s signature is at the right corner bottom.
TAUNAY, Aimé-Adrien. Riv.e Cubatão, près de Santos, 1825. Wash painting, Chinese ink on paper. Archives of the Academy of Sciences (Saint Petersburg).
courtesy of / special thanks to:
IHF Museu Paulista