Her finger is on the globe...
May 24, 2014 6:24 PM Subscribe
I'm translating a bit about colonial-era Amsterdam from Chinese to English in a non-fiction book. They mention a painting in the text, titled in Chinese "Goddess of Amsterdam". The content of the painting is described as "the goddess of Amsterdam with her finger on the globe, signifying that the tiny nation of Holland held the world in its breast, that it could play with the globe like a toy in the palm of its hand". I recall reading about a similar painting in the Dutch legislative halls in Mason & Dixon
, but that's all I got. What is this painting called?!?!?!
posted by saysthis to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the source text, if necessary: “小国创大业”的荷兰人有一幅画：《阿姆斯特丹女神》。在这幅画中，阿姆斯特丹女神的手放在地球仪的上面。它预示着小国荷兰把世界装在自己的心中，玩地球于自己的股掌之中。荷兰作为大国崛起的时候，全国人口只有大约170万，却在17世纪的世界舞台独领风骚，创造了一个黄金时代。
I doubt it's very useful though.