Frans Post (1612-1680), Jaguar. © Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem
Frans Post (1612-1680), Jaguar. © Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem

Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil

8 September–9 December 2018
Print Gallery | Free admission 

In 1636 the artist Frans Post (1612–80) travelled to Brazil under the patronage of Governor Johan Maurits of Nassau. At this time, a large area of north-eastern Brazil was a Dutch colony. 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

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

A drawing of a capybara by Dutch seventeenth-century artist Frans Post.

Curious Creatures \ Education Programme

This creative learning programme weaves the historical, geographical and environmental subjects in Post’s drawings with issues of local and international relevance today. Through a mix of participatory, fun activities, and events provoking discussion and debate, we will explore three connected themes: animals, people and the environment.

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