the soul of art: Surface of Mercury, photographed by MESSENGER, 2011-2012.
Cervantes Crater (top, 213km diameter), Van Gogh Crater (left-of-center, with well-defined central peak complex, 99km), and Bernini Crater (bottom, 168km), around 80°S 125°W.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a writer, best remembered for that masterpiece of early European novels, Don Quixote. Notably, while serving as a soldier, he was captured by pirates and enslaved for five years. Later in life, he was briefly imprisoned for fraud.
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was an artist, known for his vivid psot-Impressionist works, which have had a resounding effect on art ever since. Notably, though many of his works are now considered masterpieces, he sold only one painting during his lifetime.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was an artist, immortalized by his mastery of sculpture. He was the preeminent sculptor of his time, founding the Baroque school of architecture, imbuing marble with emotion and carnality.
Composite of 9 images May 2011-May 2012.
Image credit: NASA/APL/CIW. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.