C1723
 (1737)

Funeral Ceremony of the Natives of Guinea. The Burial of a King of Guinea.

Engraving of Guinea natives from Picart’s famous series on the religions of the world. It presented religions, even those of the “idolatrous peoples” as even-handedly as possible. It argued for religious toleration by showing the ill effects of fanaticism, wherever … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Funeral Ceremony of the Natives of Guinea. The Burial of a King of Guinea.

Date:

C1723
 (1737)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

205mm 
x 310mm

Paper Size: 

255mm 
x 450mm
AUTHENTICITY
Funeral Ceremony of the Natives of Guinea. The Burial of a King of Guinea. - Antique Print from 1723

Genuine antique
dated:

1737

Description:

Engraving of Guinea natives from Picart’s famous series on the religions of the world.

It presented religions, even those of the “idolatrous peoples” as even-handedly as possible. It argued for religious toleration by showing the ill effects of fanaticism, wherever it could be found, and by praising those religions, such as Islam, that offered toleration to others. At a time of widespread anti-Semitism, it offered one of the most sympathetic portraits then available of European Jewry.

In an era of intense religious conflict in Europe and ongoing exploration of the lands beyond Europe, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde (1723–37) set a new agenda for thinking about faith and provided a lasting visual template for representing the world’s religions.

From Picart’s, Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde.

Reference: Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt, Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion. 2010

Bernard Picart (1673 - 1733)

Picart was a French artist and engraver. He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. He moved to Antwerp in 1696, and spent a year in Amsterdam before returning to France at the end of 1698. After his wife died in 1708, he moved to Amsterdam in 1711 (later being joined by his father), where he became a Protestant His most famous work is Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. Although Picart had never left Europe, he relied on accounts by those who had and had access to a collection of Indian sculpture.

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