Tuesday, October 30, 2018

16C Europeans Imagine American Women

Americae Retectio, print from the plate 3 made by Adriaen Collaert after a drawing by Jan van der Straet, early 1580s. Published by Joannes Galle, 1589. The British Museum, London. Inscribed: "Americus Vespucci of Florence in a marvelous expedition to the West and to the South opened up two parts of the Earth, greater than the shores which we inhabit and known to us in no previous age, one of which by common consent of all human beings is called by his name. America, An. Sal. MIIID." Mermaid & swimming natives welcome Vespucci.