In the exhibition “Fernão de Magalhães – The Man who became a Planet” 12 illustrations by António Jorge Gonçalves are presented that tell the story of one of the most famous Portuguese ever: Fernão de Magalhães (Paço Vedro de Magalhães, Ponte da Barca, Portugal , Spring 1480 – Mactan, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, April 27, 1521), Portuguese navigator who was notable for having organized and started the first circumnavigation trip to the globe from 1519 to 1522.
Two galaxies were named after Magellan, a NASA space probe that traveled to Venus, a crater on Mars, a strait between two oceans, a pioneering GPS system, a computer model, a bay and a type of penguin – not to mention many places and ships of reality and fiction! Why such a big celebrity? Because, now 500 years ago, Fernão de Magalhães planned and commanded the craziest expedition of all time that he went, for the first time, around the world. This trip, which was a mix of adventure, science fiction and horror history, came to prove that the Earth is really round and that it can be circumnavigated, because the seas are all connected to each other.
The illustrations were commissioned from the Portuguese illustrator António Jorge Gonçalves by PATO LÓGICO – those responsible for the direction of this collection of the National Press Casa da Moeda – in a book that portrays the incredible expedition of Fernão Magalhães on the planet where everything fits: competition in European expansionism, scientific research and superstition, fidelity and betrayal, courage and cowardice.
These illustrations will be accompanied by panels that complement this story, “Fernão de Magalhães – 500 years of circumnavigation”, ten PVC panels with vinyl printing that document the history of this great navigator and pioneer of Portuguese navigation.