Under the title 'Frans Post.Animals in Brazil' the exhibition present 34 unrecognized for centuries artworks by Frans Post from Haarlem-The Netherlands-which were discovered in the Noord-Holland Archief, Haarlem,created by Frans Post in the years 1637-1644 when he worked in Brazil.
The first European artist who painted landscapes and therefore of South Africa but as we know now also animals in Brazil, Frans Post contemporary of Frans Hall traveled in 1636 to Dutch Brazil at the invitation of Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen.
Famous of the paintings of Brazil landscapes which he created after his return to The Netherlands Frans Post was absolutely unknown in relevence to the native flora and fauna depicted in his paintings but there was not any suggestion that (flora and fauna) must have based on original drawings made in Brazil matter that was contradictory to the knowlodges of the facts.
Watercolor and gouache, with pen and black in, over graphite,c.1638-43, translated inscription:
A tiger,as large as a common calf, they are famous and strong of this species there are some that are black.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The Netherlands.
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Alexander de Bruin,curator of the image collection of the Noord -Hollands Archief, accidentally fell on upon the unrecognized studies.
These are: lipped peccary, Brazilian porcupine, nine-banded armadillo,copybara, jaguar, in the course of a digitization project. The incredibly story will be published (September edition) in the International Journal ' Master Drawings'.
Jane Turner head of the Rijksprentenkabinet at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Editor of Master Drawings, based at the Morgan Library-Museum, New York noticed also:
This is a wonderful example of collaboration on a international and national level-between the world's leading academic publication on drawings and three truly remarkable institutions in The Netherlands.'
Continuing with that 'It is a project that combines cutting-edge scholarship with an exhibition of great fun for families and kids, and I, for one,am proud to be the midwife!'
Frans Post.View of Olinda. Brazil.1662. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.The Netherlands.
The history of Dutch Colony and its West India Company.
After the West India Company established(1621) the Dutch Republic tried to conquer portions of Brazil that was the largest sugar-producing region in the world from the Portuguese.
That was happend in 1630. The arrival of the colony's governor Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen in 1637 was meant not only to stabilize the situation but also to expand the Dutch territories.
He aimed ' As far as the world extends' and his ambition was clearly understanding through his seven-years stay.
Fortresses,bridges,houses and palaces were built and Mauritsstad which became the new capital took his name.Scientists and artists such as Frans Post recorded the new colony's wonder of nature and documented the native flora, fauna and inhabitants, paid on this way tribute to Johan Maurits.
Frans Post. Golderdier.
Frans Post. Luiaard. Animals in Brazil.