Mountains Come First
A series of paintings on setting camp in a snowy sea of fog between floating mountaintops
"Mountains come first: The Mediterranean is by definition a landlocked sea. But beyond this we must distinguish between the kinds of land that surround and confine it. It is, above all, a sea ringed by mountains. This outstanding fact and its many consequences have received too little attention in the past from historians."
Fernando Braudel, history of the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II