Auction 140, Lot 657

"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.


Condition: B+

Issued folding, with a couple of short fold separations in blank margins and minor soiling.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 5/23/2012