Wednesday, November 14, 2018

16C Europeans Imagine American Women

Discovery of America Vespucci Landing in America by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus, c 1587−89. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.  A Netherlandish artist born in Bruges and working in Florence, Van der Straet (1523−1605) drew this image of America as part of a print series on new discoveries and inventions. It depicts a very well-dressed Americus Vespucci awakening a friendly, naked Native American woman in a hammock.