Pages of text from Foucault's essay Las Meninas are the surface through which images that allude to biblical narratives emerge. A ship sails across the pages born on a wave made of bandage material, a symbol of the trade in people and goods in the seventeenth century, at a time when Velasquez was painting Las Meninas in the court of King Philip IV.
Diagrams of Planetary Systems are sewn into the images with golden thread. How do we apprehend the indifference of the stars and their numerical systems to the tides of history?
"I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux." Betrand Russell