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Rijksmuseum acquires landscape by Jan Mostaert

From the museum’s website

The Rijksmuseum has acquired a painting by Jan Mostaert, Landscape with an Episode from the Conquest of America (ca. 1535), the earliest known panel with an imaginary depiction of the Spanish conquest of the American continent. What is striking is that the painting does not glorify the conquest, but highlights the European invaders’ brutal disruption of the ‘heavenly New World’. The painting is of major significance to Western art history and will be on display from 4 July on the Middle Ages & Renaissance floor of the Rijksmuseum.

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