The Old Print Shop

Francisco Pisarro.

  • ARTIST: Arnoldus Montanus

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam.

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving,

    DATE: 1671.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 11 3/8 x 6 7/8" (29 x 17.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America". This is a grand portrait of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador. Framed within an ornate border, Pisarro wears impressive armor and a flamboyant plumed helmet. Pizarro spent most of his life in the New World. In 1502 he lived on Hispaniola, and accompanied Balboa when he discovered the Pacific. He made two voyages of discovery down the Colombian coast between 1524 and 1528, and continued his explorations southward, naming the new territory Peru. In 1531 he reached the Inca city of Tumbez. The Inca Empire was in the midst of a civil war, and Pizarro took advantage of this internal unrest to invade. Soon Pizarro captured Atahuallpa and later had him executed. After founding Lima in 1535, he spent the rest of his life consolidating Spain's Empire in Peru, until his death in 1541.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, narrow right margin. Black and white.