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Through seas never sailed before:

Os Lusíadas at 450

           Harvard Houghton Library exhibition identity

Design Client and Collaborator Open Rehearsal, Mary Yang 
for Harvard University Houghton Library.

Exhibit Duration August 8th, 2022 through December 9th, 2022.

Curation Caio Cesar Estevez de Souza, Doctoral Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. All items in this exhibition were from the Count of Santa Eulalia Collection, given to Harvard in 1926 by John B. Stetson, Jr.

Four hundred and fifty years ago, Luís Vaz de Camões published what would become the greatest epic poem ever written in Portuguese. Os Lusíadas recounts Vasco da Gama’s first voyage to India across the Atlantic Ocean, inaugurating a new stage of the European Maritime Expansion. Houghton Library holds one of the largest collections of Os Lusíadas rare editions outside of Portugal. In this exhibition, you will discover items that demonstrate the historical relevance of this poem, as well as an opportunity to reassess the impact of European imperialism on world history.