Joos van Winghe

Bartolomé de las Casas (1484–1566)
Narratio regionum Indicarum per Hispanos quosdam deuastatarum verissima / priùs quidem per Episcopum Bartholemæum Casaum, natione Hispanum Hispanicè conscripta; & anno 1551. Hispali, Hispanicè anno verò hoc 1598. Latinè excusa. Narratio regionvm Indicarvm per Hispanos qvosdam deuastatarum verissima
Francofurti: Sumptibus Theodori de Bry, & Ioannis Saurii typis, anno M.D.XCVIII. [1598]
Syn.7.59.8, p. 17

Many in Protestant Europe read versions of Las Casas’s Brief account of the destruction of the Indies which had been graphically illustrated by the Flemish refugee artist Joos (or Jost or Jodocus) van Winghe (or Wingen). During the 1560s Winghe had been a painter and draughtsman at Rome, Parma, and Paris, before moving first to Brussels in 1568, and then to Frankfurt in 1585. He was said to have painted a now lost work in which the Low Countries were represented as Andromeda tied to a rock and threatened by a dragon representing Spain. Religion was pinned to the ground by Tyranny. It was at Frankfurt that Winghe worked with Theodore de Bry on a Latin illustrated version of Las Casas’s most famous text.

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