"Voyagers to America"
by Michael Boss
Casein on Rag Board
14" X 20"
From a private collection

Some years back I saw a wonderful graphic by illustrator Jan Adkins showing the relative size of Columbus' Santa Maria to Zheng He's Treasure Ship. It gave me the idea to develop a painting that would also include a Viking Longship. The Longship and the Santa Maria were basically the same length and I thought displaying both in front of the large bow of the Baochuan would be the way to image the three ships. It's quite a demonstration of the extraordinary contrast in size of these three magnificent seafaring vessels.