Peering at the inner workings of the universe

 

This is a modification of the Flammarion wood engraving by an unknown artist. It is referred to as the Flammarion Woodcut because its first documented appearance is in page 163 of Camille Flammarion’s L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (Paris, 1888), a work on meteorology for a general audience. The woodcut depicts a man peering through the Earth’s atmosphere as if it were a curtain to look at the inner workings of the universe.

The original caption below the picture (not included here) translated to: “A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…“.

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