Auction 135, Lot 583

"[Lot of 6 - Middle Eastern Views]", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1698 (circa)


Color: Black & White

See Description

Cornelis van Bruyn (1652-1726) was a painter who traveled through the Holy Land and other portions of Asia. De Bruyn had to disguise his activities because this was a repressive period during the Ottoman rule when foreigners were regarded with suspicion and the making of "graven images" was prohibited. De Bruyn avoided detection by pretending to be picnicking with two Franciscan monks who stood guard while he made his drawings. His works are particularly historically valuable because of their accuracy. The group includes views of Tiberias and Magnesia and several others of the people and architecture of the region. Engraving sizes vary; sheets measure 15.6 x 13.3".


Condition: B+

Some sheets toned. All with holes in the corners and pencil notations in the margins, except Tiberias and Magnesia.

Estimate: $140 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/16/2011