Allegory of Africa, from the Four Continents

Johann Justin Preissler German
after Edme Bouchardon French
Publisher Georg Martin Preissler German

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This engraving of a woman representing Africa is one of a set showing the four continents (America, Europe, Asia and Africa) as female figures. It was engraved by Johann Justin Preissler after Edmè Bouchardon. The attributes for each figure correspond with descriptions in Cesare Ripa’s "Iconologia", an illustrated dictionary widely used by artists, first published with images in 1603.

Allegory of Africa, from the Four Continents, Johann Justin Preissler (German, 1698–1771), Engraving

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