Plate XIX: Olandus Carauellam & Cafas Aedificare Curat, or “Lope de Olano Rebuilds His Ship: First Ship Built in America”, circa 1594. This is an original watercolored engraving from Part IV of the Grand Voyages with text in Latin by Theodor de Bry (Flemish, 1528-1598). The art paper measures 14” x 9 1/2”. The paper has wavy edges along top with a slight amount on right edge. This piece has good color and is in very good condition. Note: This is the actual art from this time period.
BIO: Theodor de Bry (1528–1598) was a Flemish designer, engraver, printmaker, and publisher. He was born in the city of Liège, but around 1570 he fled to Strasbourg to escape religious persection at the hands of Spanish Catholics. Around 1586 he moved again, to England, where he was exposed to stories and artistic depictions of European explorations of the New World. In 1589, he moved to Frankfurt, Germany, to join his family. Assisted by his sons, he began to publish numerous volumes of literature about New World exploration, illustrated with his own engravings. The first of these, published in 1590, was a new edition of Thomas Hariot’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. De Bry based the book’s illustrations on the watercolor paintings of colonist John White. These engravings provided Europeans with some of their earliest notions of what the New World looked like. De Bry continued publishing until his death in 1598. REF: UNC-Chapel Hill, NC
FYI: This engraving, an illustration of early events in the contact between Europeans and Native Americans, are based on Girolamo Benzoni's history of the Spanish in the New World. Benzoni, an Italian, spent fifteen years wandering around the Spanish territories of Central and South America and much of his account is based on his direct experiences. His history was first published in 1565, and this was the source which De Bry used for his edition. De Bry’s work included engraved illustrations after * Joannes Stradanus. These engravings were very influential in establishing the image of the New World in the minds of readers in Europe. As Michael Alexander said, De Bry’s work “brought to the European public the first realistic visualization of the exotic world opened up across the Atlantic by the explorers, conquerors and settlers.” These engravings offer some of the earliest images of the sixteenth century events that changed forever the world of both the Amerindians and Europeans. Ref: Philadelphia Print Shop * Joannes Stradanus, (1523-1607 - also known as Jan Van der Straet, Giovanni Stradano, van der Straat or Stratesis) was a flemish artist from Bruges who became a court painter to the Medicis and was active mainly in Florence. Born in Bruges in 1523, Van der Straet trained with Pieter Aertsen in Antwerp. He moved to Florence around 1550, where he entered in the service of the Medici Dukes and was associated with Giorgio Vasari. He worked in Rome as part of the artistic team decorating the Vatican Belvedere and was also involved with the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.