Resurrection of Christ Pinturicchio, 1492-1494. Portraying The First Contact in The New World. “the pictures of sondry things collected and counterfeited according to the truth…” Title page description of John White’s watercolor images of Native Americans, 1585
Resurrection of Christ
“the pictures of sondry things collected and counterfeited according to the truth…”
“To ‘counterfeit’ was to engage in a reportorial mode of visual depiction that recorded things and events as they were witnessed by the eye, not as they were composed by the artist.”
“It was not a particular style or subject matter that defined the counterfeit; rather it was defined by its…status as uninterpreted nature.”
(excerpt from A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library))
What did the first images of The New World convey to the people back in Europe? What impact would these images have had on future exploration of The New World?
"A weroan or great Lorde of Virginia"
Engraving by Theodor De Bry, 1590
Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533
"Indian Woman and Baby of Poemiooc" by John White (created 1585-1586)
"Indian Conjuror" by John White (created 1585-1586).
“Adam and Eve”
Drawing by Theodor De Bry, 1590
The Massachusetts Bay Colony's official seal features a Native American uttering the words "Come over and help us."