HispaniaRegna tot una rego, quot caetera Numina getes: / Et sum possideam plurima, plura peto [...]
Monachy tu privel J. Caes: Maiestat [c.1594]
Engraving, sheet 220 x 260mm (8½ x 10¼"). Trimmed to image. Bit tatty. Glued to backing sheet; tear.
Spain, from a set of four allegories on European countries after Hans von Aachen. The series was dedicated to Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius. This plate is an allegory on Exploration. A woman holding an orb and sceptre is embraced by a soldier in full armour holding a flag. The composition includes: weapons and navigation instruments; a globe (showing America and the Pacific Ocean); exotic fruits; a pair of compasses; a chest filled with coins; playing-cards; a guitar; an anchor, and a snare drum and trumpet. In the background soldiers playing cards, with a bay populated with ships in the distance.
[Ref: 40149] £350.00