Thursday, June 29, 2017

16C Europeans Imagine American Women

Americae Retectio, print from the plate 4 made by Adriaen Collaert after a drawing by Jan van der Straet, early 1580s. Published by Joannes Galle, 1589. The British Museum, London. Inscribed: "Ferdinandes Magalanes of Portugal passing through the winding straits gave his name to the land of the South and his ship, the first of all and the last, emulating the passage of the sun over the earth, circumnavigated the entire globe. An. Sal. MDXXII." Mermaid near ship as naked native women play in & near the water.