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December 2021

Vol. 163 | No. 1425



Searching for utopia: from dinosaurs to the metaverse

Although the literal meaning of the word that Thomas More invented as the title for his celebrated book, published in 1516, is ‘no-place’, that has never stopped people searching for utopia. For one thing, ‘utopia’ is not the same as ‘heaven’, since it represents a better way of living on earth – for all that More conceived of his utopia as a place that did not exist he also located it in the newly discovered Americas.

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Exhibition Review

Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist

The title given to the exhibition in its iteration at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen,(1) where it was seen by this author, was Dürer was Here: A Journey becomes Legend. The ‘was here’ recalled the ‘fuit hic’ in Van Eyck’s signature on the Arnolfini Portrait (1434; National Gallery, London). 

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