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Hyacum, et Lues Venerea [The Discovery of Guaiacum as a Cure for Syphillis], plate 6 from Nova Repertum [New Inventions of Modern Times], after Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus

circa 1591
17th century
20.3 cm x 27.6 cm (8 in. x 10 7/8 in.)

Theodor Galle (Antwerp, 1571 - 1633, Antwerp) Primary
Johannes Galle (Antwerp, 1600 - 1676, Antwerp) Publisher

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Flemish
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Karen G. and Dr. Elgin W. Ware, Jr. Collection, 2009
Accession Number: 2009.6

Antwerp became the center of European print production in the late sixteenth century. Its enterprising publishers coordinated vast projects illustrating an encyclopedic range of subjects. Organized by the Galle family and designed by a Flemish artist living in Florence, Nova Repertum depicted the supposed origins of important modern inventions. This scene of the preparation and ministering of a cure for syphilis is a striking inclusion and a famous image in the history of the disease.

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