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  • Tags: 16th century

Four South German Women (Noble and Plebian) from Augsburg and Swabia

A printmaker active in Antwerp and later in Cologne, de Bruyn worked for publishing houses and was the author and publisher of his own Divesarum (sic) Gentium Armatura Equestris. Ubi fere Europae Asiae atque Africae equitandi ratio propria expressa…

Americae Retectio [Discovery of America]

Collaert was a Flemish engraver, here copying a design by Stradanus (Jan van der Straeten of Bruges, 1523-1605). Stradanus was a Flemish mannerist artist active in Florence. After 1550, he worked for the Medici and was the teacher of Antonio…

Boy Playing a Flute

Francesco Giambattista da Ponte Bassano (known as Bassano the Younger) was an Italian painter from Venice, the son of Jacopo da Ponte Bassano a leading Venetian mannerist artist. Francesco carried on the family workshop. He was a prolific painter of…

Coat of Arms with a Skull

A coat of arms coupled with a wildman and young lady fuses themes of memento mori, young woman and death, and the ill matched couple. A tour de force of humanist wit, Dürer has engraved his monogram on a tablet below the coat of arms and the date…

La Belle Ferronnière

Lucrezia Crivelli, mistress of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, was a famous beauty immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci’s Louvre portrait of the 1490s. She seems older here, where she is shown in a back view facing right and turning to look out at the…

Titus Vespasian

In this profile portrait, head facing right, Titus Flavius Vespasianus (Titus, son of the emperor Vespasian, who had the same name, ruled from 79-81 CE) wears a victor’s laurel wreath. The Roman numeral XI refers to the order of the Twelve Caesars…

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar ruled as dictator of Rome from 49–45 BCE. He wears a victor’s laurel wreath and cuirass. He is the first of Twelve Caesars, made famous in Suetonius’ Lives of the Twelve Caesars. The theme was of great popularity in sixteenth…

Henry VIII, King of England

Henry VII, King of England (1491-1547) is depicted in profile facing left. The medallion is inscribed “Hen[r]icus” (sic, omitting a superscript r) “IIX” (10 minus 2 = 8) “Angliae Rex” across the bottom.

François I, King of France

François I, King of France (1494-1547), is shown in a profile portrait bust facing left. The medallion is inscribed along the curve of the inner gold oval frame "François Ier."

Portrait of a Woman

This elegantly dressed woman wears a white coif with enveloping transparent veil, and a high stiff lace collar in 16th-century style with gold tassel ties. A wide white cloth covers her shoulders. She is fingering a crucifix on a long strand of…