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  • Tags: 16th century

Americae Retectio [Discovery of America]

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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…

Four Men in Turkish Costume

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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…

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

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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…

Boy Playing a Flute

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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

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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…

François I, King of France

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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."

The Swabian (or Swiss) War

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Traut was a painter and draughtsman in Albrecht Dürer’s workshop where he worked along with Hans Baldung Grien. The woodcut of The Swabian (or Swiss) War is one of twelve blocks Traut produced for Dürer’s monumental Triumphal Arch of the…

Henry VIII, King of England

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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.

Julius Caesar

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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…

La Belle Ferronnière

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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…