Auction 173, Lot 382

"Rama", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Rameh, Holy Land

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Reizen door de Vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia

Color: Black & White

24.3 x 8.3 inches
61.7 x 21.1 cm

A copper-engraved view of the city of Rama (or Rameh) in present-day northern Israel, with numerous tents in the foreground.

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: A

A dark impression issued folding with some short tears in the blank margins that have been repaired on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 6/5/2019