Francis Bacon Gallery



New World

Don Quixote

Tudor Dynasty

The English Renaissance lasted from about 1580 to 1625, and produced some of the world's most outstanding literature. At the core of this output was Sir Francis Bacon, a prodigious writer and philosopher. By opening the rational world to the creative mind, Bacon set the foundations upon which modern society has been built. In his major work, The Advancement of Learning, Bacon proposed the Novum Organum, a "new tool" for the rational mind: inductive reasoning. Better-known today as the scientific method, inductive reasoning replaced the syllogistic simplicity of Aristotelian deductive reasoning with the creative act of hypothesis and experiment. Dissent in Renaissance England was a risky proposition, so Bacon used pen names to disguise his more provocative works. This precaution, while reasonable at the time, has led to great confusion today. Bacon's plays have been credited to William Shakespeare, an illiterate peasant. Evidence suggests that Bacon was the author of the poetry of Edmund Spenser, and of the novel Don Quixote. This presentation reviews the life and works of Francis Bacon through five galleries of images while introducing Bacon's writings, philosophy, and political activites. The final gallery contains a potentially explosive revelation -- that Sir Francis Bacon may have been the unacknowledged son of Queen Elizabeth. This hidden heritage is perhaps the best reason for Bacon's secrecy about his own works. We hope you enjoy your journey through our Virtual Bacon.

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