John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Viztlipuztil idolum Mexicanorum.

Copper plate engraving. 1671
10 7/8 x 13 1/4" (277 x 337 mm) plus wide margins.
Very good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33429
Price: $350.00
Publisher :
This engraving is a European depiction of Aztec worship. In a large vaulted building throngs of worshippers bow below the effigy of a fierce god, who stands in the middle of the room on a raised platform. Although essentially a fictional representation of Aztec worships, the print provides a fascinating commentary on the perception of pagan worship in Europe. This view appeared in John Ogilby’s seminal atlas "America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World, published in London in 1671. Ogilby’s work is an English translation of Arnoldus Montanus’ Die Nieuwe en onbekende Weereld...", which was produced in Amsterdam earlier the same year. Considered the first encyclopedias of the Americas, both texts are richly illustrated with maps, views and portraits. With little exception, Ogilby’s work is a direct copy of Montanus’ atlas. Ogilby did expand his atlas by adding fresh material on the English colonies. Illustrated with over 122 magnificent engravings, Ogilby’s America was the most accurate compendium available of the New World. Maps