View of Olinda, Brazil, Frans Jansz Post, 1662

View of Olinda, Brazil, Frans Jansz Post, 1662

oil on canvas, h 107.5cm × w 172.5cm More details

The background shows Olinda Cathedral, badly damaged when the Dutch captured the region from the Portuguese in the 1630s. In the foreground is an incongruous parade of local fauna, partly hidden in the bushes. The contemporary frame is possibly after a design by Post. It shows a lizzard with a split tail, like the drawing by Post displayed nearby.

On display in room 2.10 Visit via the Colonial Past tour

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