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Trapping the serpent

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. A large serpent is trapped at the entrance of a cave, a net blocking the entrance. Foot-soldiers and cavalrymen, blowing trumpets and beating drums, surround the cave. Near left center: "IOAN. STRADANUS INVENT. / CORNELIUS GALLE SCULPSIT"; center: "PHLS GALLE EXCUD."

Catching geese

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Using decoys to capture geese. The decoys are worn on the head, while the hunter immerses himself in the water, leaving only the bird-shaped headgear on the surface. Bearing a substance which attracts the birds, the alight and are caught by hand. One hunter walks from the water, right, wearing his decoy hat and carrying two birds. At lower left: "Ioan. Stradanus invent."; left center: "Corn. Galle Sculp."; lower right: "Phls. Galle excud." Below: "ANSERUM AGRESTE GENUS..."

Rabbit hunt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. The dogs hunt and trap the rabbits, left, brining their kill tot he horsemen behind the tree, at right. On a rock, left center: "Ioan. Stradanus invent. / Theodorus Galle Sculp." At lower right: "Phls. Galle excud." Below: "CALLIDUS EFFOSSIS LATITARE CUNICLULUS..."

Staphae, Sive Strapedes (Invention of the Stirrup), plate 9 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions for Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Stirrups are forged, decorated, sold, and borne away from a busy shop on a narrow street. In the foreground, a man is about to mount his horses. Bottom left: "Joan Stradanus invent." and "Phls. Galle excud." Lower margin has been trimmed, removing inscription.

A Danish Horse, from the fourth set of "Equile Joannis Austriaci"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A Danish horse from the fourth set of "Equile Joannis Austriaci," the stud of Don Juan of Austria (died 1578). Horse galloping toward left. Signed bottom right: "Johan. Strada. inuent. / Phls Gallaeus excudit." At the bottom margin, a verse of two pairs of lines: "Saltu Danus atrox," etc.

Whale Hunt by the Emperor Claudius in the harbour at Ostia, pl. 19 in the Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Figural seascape scene, with groups in the foreground observing an orca sea monster trapped within a walled area. A statue and a tower at right. Open boats filled with men surround the monster, while spectators watch from the wall.

The Discovery of America, plate 1 from the "Nova Reperta" (New Inventions of Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Amerigo Vespucci is seen standing holding a banner and sextant, conversing with a nude indigenous woman seated in a hammock. Animals and cannibals in the distance; a ship at the left. Inscribed below: AMERICA (Americen Americus retexit -- Semel vocavit in de semper excitam)

Color Olivi (Invention of Oil Painting), plate 14 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A busy art studio, with a group of artists and students at work. At the center, a painter works on a large canvas where an image of St. George and the Dragon is visible. Assistants prepare pigment. A student in the foreground copies a sculpture; another painter at background left portrays a seated woman from life.

Lapis Polaris Magnes (Invention of the Compass), plate 2 of the Nova Reperta (New Inventions for Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
An old man, identified as the legendary Flavio Amalfitano, seated at his desk using a compass and reading a book; tools, books, and instruments are arranged around the richly furnished room; a dog is at his feet. A model of a ship hangs above and in front of him.

Tuna fishing

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Fishermen in open boats spread their net in the foreground, and spear the fish caught in it. Harbor with ships in the background at right. At left center: "Ioan. Stradanus invent."; right of center: "Adrian. Collaert Sculp."; lower right: "Phls Galle excud." Below: "PARTHENO PAEAE URBIS THYMNUS."

Recto, above: Melchizedek bringing bread and wine to Abraham (Genesis 14:18-20); Recto, below: Unicorn hunt in India Verso, above: Sacrifice of the Pascal Lamb (Exodus 12:11-12); Verso, below: Medici Coat of Arms

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Obverse: top - Scene from Genesis XIV: "And Melchizedek King of Salem brought fourth bread and wine..." King stands at left accompanied by servants carrying bread and wine. Abram and his brethren kneel before him, right. Inscription: "Genesis Capito 14" above. Inscription: "Melchisede Re di Pacce" below framing line. Bottom: Savaged (unicorn?) bulls attacking hunters armed with bows and arrows. Reverse, top: Exodus XII. Figures grouped around table on which the Passover lamb is placed. Inscription below. Bottom: Escutcheon.

Recto: Pilgrim, or "Pietas" (allegory of Piety), preliminary design for pl. 6 in the Schema, seu Speculum Principum (Skills of a Prince) series; Verso, above: Man with a Stick; Verso, below: Lion Hunt in Africa, from Pliny's Natural History, Book 8, ch. 21

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: A female pilgrim with a staff. Kneeling before an outdoor altar; in background a church, an outdoor altar and a religious procession with a bishop being carried in it. Verso: catching lion with piece of cloth

Recto: Giovanni de 'Medici ("dalle Bande Nere") leads his troops across the river Adda, driving back the Spanish forces, 1521; Verso: inscriptions

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Opposing forces on horseback face each other, the troops at left moving across a river toward the enemy. Inscription on verso.

Recto, Above left: Wooded landscape with Elijah awakened and nourished by an angel on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:5-6); Above right: The banquet of King Ahasuerus (Esther 1: 1-6)' Below right: Christ surrounded by angles with the Arma Christi; Below left: Annunciation. Verso, above left: Parable of the royal wedding feast (Matthew 22:1-14); Above right: David receives the holy bread; Below right: St. Anthony of Padua and two monks; Below left: inscription related to John 6:48-60

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Verso, upper left: Christ in Wilderness. Angel, right, ministering to Him. Upper right: Feast, inscription above: Agneso; inscription, one line, below; lower left: Annunciation; half-length figures: angel, left; Madonna, right. Five lines of inscription above; lower right: title page with Christ in blaze of Glory, center. Recto, upper left: Parable of marriage of King's son (Mat. XXII, 13). Servants bind man, right. King and guests watch. Inscription below. High Priest conducts ceremony under a portico; lower right, vertically, three monks.

Page of a sketchbook; Heavenly powers helping pious; Sketch for potrait of saint; Decoration of pediment

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Verso, at left side: St. Anthony Hermit, with Tan cross and bell, stands at the right of the bed. Hell is represented in front of the bed. At left are two flying angels and a third person, fragmentary, covering the dying person. The upper one of the angels holds a scroll. Above, at right, the bands of Christ, God the Father, and Mary. The Dove flies before God the Father. Written beside, at left: "Padre figliolo e maria / spiritu sante." Written in the low right corner: "la carte / uno angele in mane." Caption: "malata linferno e el paradiso e santi / diaveli fugano e purgatorio langeli / recomandino lanima a dio." "2" is written above, ar right. Seprated by a strip at right. A monk with two crying women kneeling beside him. Devils are at right. Angels to the left of the soul of the dead person. A Cavalry group is shown at left. Caption: "in transito diavoli in torno delle angeli / recevano lanima paradiso celeste modona / gioà[nni] e sante confessore con la candela in / mano dame piangano crucifisse." "4" is written in the center top. Recto: in opposite direction, at right: An ovoidal bust portrait of a saint is in the center. At left, vertically: a bracket with a fire bowl is in the central motif; it is flanked by dolphins. An alternative suggestion for the bowl is above, at right.

Recto, above and below left, and Verso, below left: Three studies for Theagenes taming the Bull in Ethiopia; Recto, above and below right: A Dragon Hunt in India;Verso, above right: Birth of the Virgin (preparatory for an altarpiece at San Piero, Careggi (Florence); Verso, below left: A Pilgrim before an Altar to Mercury; Verso, above left: inscription bearing the address of the Sadeler brothers in Venice

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: Above left: Theagenes taming the Bull in Ethiopia; Above right: Dragon Hunt in India; Below right: Dragon Hunt in India; Below left: Theagenes taming the Bull in Ethiopia. Verso: Above left: Inscription; Above right: Birth of the Virgin; Below right: Theagenes taming the Bull in Ethiopia; Below left: Pilgrim before an altar to Mercury, patron of travellers.

Stradanus: Collecting the Renaissance at Cooper Hewitt

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Image features a landscape populated by men using birds to hunt wild bulls. The birds alight on the heads of their prey.Cooper Hewitt is delighted to add this extraordinary Renaissance drawing to the collection. A scene of “Men Hunting Bulls with Falcons,” it belongs to a series of (often outlandish) hunting images created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (1523–1605). Cooper Hewitt is among the most important resources for the study of Stradanus, court artist...

Print boeck

Smithsonian Libraries
Binder's title. DSI

A collection of engraved plates based primarily on illustrations by Jan van der Straet and Martin van Heemskerk, taken from various named and unnamed works.

Some plates have dates, ranging from 1556 through 1574.

Each engraving is accompanied by a brief descriptive verse.

Named engravers include: A. Collaert, J. Collaert, C. Galle, P. Galle, T. Galle, C. de Mallery, Harman Muller, Crispia de Pas, Tobias Verhaecht, and M. de Vos.

Also available online.

Bookplate: Burndy Library ... gift of Bern Dibner.

Bookplate: Ex libris Hale of Alderley, Glos.

Printed bookseller's description on front paste-down.

Bound in old full calf; gilt-stamped spine.


Noua reperta

Smithsonian Libraries
Engraved title leaf and 19 numbered prints illustrating new inventions and discoveries.

Engravings signed: Ioan. Stradanus (Jan van der Straet) invent.; Phls. Galle excud.; Ioan. Collaert sculp.

Karel van Mallery has been identified in the British Museum collection online database as the likely printer of these plates.

Nova reperta was one of the 30 sections of engraved plates issued collectively under the title Speculum diversarum imaginum speculativarum. Several of these sections were also issued separately.

The title cartouche in the Dibner Library copy does not have the Maltese Cross design found in other editions separating the words "Noua" and "reperta." DSI

Also available online.

SCDIRB copy 39088012168183 is imperfect: Plates 4, 12, and 19 are wanting.

SCDIRB copy may include a mix of different states (and even editions) of the various plates.

SCDIRB copy has the plates disbound, on sheets of varying sizes. The size of the prints ranges from 20 x 26 cm. to 32 x 37 cm. Housed in a modern archival folder.


Speculum diuersarum imaginum speculatiuarum / à varijs viris doctis adinuentarum, atq[ue] ab insignibus pictoribus ac sculptoribus delíneatarum ... ; in quo vniuersum mundi, vitae humanae, et actionum cursum, artium, virtutum, vitiorum speciem, et aliarum rerum huc aliquatenus spectantium seriem, curiosus, eruditus et studiosus spectator, expressum, magna sua cum voluptate, inueniet ; quas in vnum iam corpus redactas Ioannes Gallaeus recenter in lucem emittit, et excudit Antuerpiae ..

Smithsonian Libraries
Engravings signed by one or more of the following: Ioan. Galle excud.; P. Galle fec[it], Theodor. Galle fe[cit]; Ioan. Stradanus invent.; M. de Vos invent. (or figuravit), Hieronymus Wierx sculpsit (or fecit); Martinus Heemskerck inv.; Tobias Verhaecht inv.; F. Floris invent.; Iodocus de Momper invent.; Adrian Collaert sculp.; Carol de Mallery sculp.; Ambr. Francken invent; Petrus Bruegel inven.; and others.

Engraved, illustrated title leaf.

Contains 30 sections that are either separately numbered, or unnumbered. Some of the sections were apparently also issued separately or in customized compilations.

The Dibner Library copy has a woodcut table of contents ([1] p.), with caption title "Imaginum hoc speculo comprehensarum ordo et numerus," inserted following the title leaf. DSI

Dibner Library. Heralds of science (1980 ed.), 79

Also available online.

SCDIRB copy 39088006046445 is imperfect: the lower outer corner of the title leaf has been torn away, and repaired, affecting the final few letters of the dedicatory statement. There is also a tear on the inner margin of the title leaf that has been repaired. Plates 2 and 3 of "Americae, vel noui orbis retectio" have some staining on the lower edge.

SCDIRB copy has some old handwritten brief annotations in the margins, and handwritten consecutive numbering of all of the plates in the volume.

SCDIRB copy has bookplate: Burndy Library ... gift of Bern Dibner. Herald of Science no. 79.

SCDIRB copy has a contemporary full vellum binding with gilt-lettered red spine label, and all edges red. Housed in an archival paperboard portfolio for preservation. An old printed shelfmark label on front paste-down endpaper (from an unidentified former owner) has number B5, with two diagonal red slashes.


Crocodile Hunt

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Image features a drawing in pen and brown ink, bistre wash, and charcoal on laid paper. Five men are seated astride crocodiles. Two of the crocodiles are in the Nile and three of them are at the bank on the left. Two more heads of crocodiles emerge from the water. One spectator stands at left under a tree. More people are shown on the other bank. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.How to catch a crocodile? In this drawing, the Flemish artist Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (1523 —1605) shows us one particularly bold method. Hunters sit astride their prey, forcing long sticks between the crocodiles’ snapping jaws; companions armed with clubs wait nearby, ready to bludgeon the overpowered reptiles. The image isn’t based on...
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