Friday, June 23, 2017

16C Europeans Imagine American Women

Americae Retectio, print made as a frontispiece by Adriaen Collaert after a drawing by Jan van der Straet, early 1580s. Published by Joannes Galle, 1589. The British Museum, London.  Inscribed: "Rediscovery of America -- Who is able with mighty heart to fashion a song worthy of the Majesty of these events and discoveries?" Here America is the ancient goddess Flora.