"Rhodus", Bruyn, Cornelius de
Subject: Rhodes, Greece
Period: 1698 (circa)
Publication: Reizen door de vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia
Color: Hand Color
24.3 x 8.8 inches
61.7 x 22.4 cm
A finely engraved view of the Greek island of Rhodes, depicting the Old Town with fortifications beside a row of windmills. Numerous ships and boats sail the sea. Rhodes is famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Cornelius de Bruyn (1652-1726) was a Dutch artist 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.
Issued folding, now pressed, with light soiling in blank wide margins. There are a few short fold separations in blank margins and a tiny hole in bottom blank margin, far from image.