Francois Valentijn's Oud En Nieuw Oost Indien and the Dutch Frontispiece in the 17th and 18th Centuries
In this thesis I analyze the Dutch frontispiece to Francois Valentijns 1726 book Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien and demonstrate that it is a significant artistic statement, original in its rich and imaginative iconography and emblematic program. I describe and explain the image and its iconographic program and emblematic structure. I compare the frontispiece to many other Dutch frontispieces and artworks that likewise feature the four continent allegories and other iconographic elements. I demonstrate the ways in which the frontispiece superbly and comprehensively summarizes and visualizes the text, which is the primary purpose of frontispieces. I also show how the image emulates early eighteenth-century Dutch culture by reflecting the periods nostalgia for Golden Age styles and subjects. In conclusion I clarify the way in which the image functions emblematically and explain the twofold meaning of the emblem and proving that the image is exceptional and unique within the context of the historiography of Dutch frontispieces.
Advisor:Prof. Lise Drost; Dr. Perri Lee Roberts; Dr. Rebecca Parker Brienen
School:University of Miami
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:art history arts sciences
Date of Publication:04/20/2008