The episode of the giant Adamastor means overcoming the most southern point of the African continent on the way to the Indian Ocean. The artists described the scene as a Adamastor, monster like cave, ready to swallow the passing ships . The monster has child's buoy on it's head. This scene has a very particular sense of humor very present in these two artists.
Paulo da Gama Catual explains the meaning of the symbols of Portuguese flags, telling him episodes of the History of Portugal represented there. Artists described this scene with a shepherd (Viriato) wearing a fox fur on his head and holding a sword wood looking at the landscape. There is a map of the journey from Lisbon to the discovery of the sea route to India, drawn on his back.
After overcoming some difficulties, the Portuguese leave Calicut, starting the return journey to the motherland. Venus decides to prepare a reward for sailors, causing them to get to Ilha dos Amores. For this, Venus sent her son Cupid shoot arrows of love to the Nymphs, being injured by the goddess of love, who will receive the Portuguese sailors madly passionate for them. Artists described this scene with the goddess of love in sending the fleet to Island and right loves a nymph waiting sailors.
The Portuguese fleet has faced the fury of the sea and the monster in the episode of Adamastor giant that is over the most southern point of the African continent on the way to the Indian Ocean. The artists represented here the fury of the ocean with a giant hand holding a glass of water and inside the fleet.
The machina mundi where everything is created sends a carriage pulled by a huge mystic fish who tries to swallow Camões. The legs of Camões in skeleton has the fish tongue wrapped around him, while his upper body is represented as an aquarium with a boat inside. Camões has an outstretched arm trying to save his masterpiece - Os Lusiadas.
Photography — 2013 José Vicente | GAU | DPC | CML