Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil

8 September - 9 December 2018

Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil

Exhibition: 8 September - 9 December 2018

In 1636 the artist Frans Post (1612-1680) travelled to Brazil, then a Dutch colony, under the patronage of Governor Johan Maurits of Nassau. Post spent seven years drawing the exotic flora and fauna of Brazil. The country continued to inspire him when he returned to the Netherlands in 1644. Recently discovered at the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem, 34 coloured drawings of exotic animals will be complemented by the National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent, Brazilian Landscape with a Sugar Mill by Post, which depicts a Dutch sugar plantation with alligators, armadillos, anteaters and a monkey in the foreground. Other key works will be shown, including Post’s View of Olinda, Brazil (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and Sugar Mill (Atlas Van Stolk, Rotterdam). The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view a remarkable group of drawings by a Dutch seventeenth century artist together with some of his important painted Brazilian views.

Curator: Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland.

Frans Post (1612-1680), South American Tapir, c. 1638–1644
Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem