Chimborazo and Crocodile

David Blankenstein on the poster motif for the exhibition “Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt”

20 November 2019

David Blankenstein, curator of the exhibition “Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt”, explains which objects are hidden behind the exhibition poster with the Chimborazo and the crocodile and what significance they have for him.

Picture credits

Louis Bouquet, „Le Chimborazo, vu depuis le Plateau de Tapia“ – Tafel XXV, Kupferstich, Detail, aus: Alexander v. Humboldt, „Vues des Cordillères, et monumen​s des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique“, Paris 1810 © bpk / Kunstbibliothek, SMB

Coccodrillo, Inv.no. 530, Marmor, Detail © Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei