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17th Century Collection

Step back in time to the 17th century, a period filled with remarkable events and captivating figures

Background image17th Century Collection: The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century

The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century
BROADSHEET, 17th CENTURY. The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century, an amusing travesty on the idea that wisdom can be imbibed

Background image17th Century Collection: Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620

Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620
The " Mayflower" bringing the first colonists to Massachusetts, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War
Cromwell in prayer before the Battle of Edgehill, English Civil War, 1642. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Plague doctor, 17th century artwork

Plague doctor, 17th century artwork
Plague doctor. 17th century artwork titled Doktor Schnabel von Rom (Beak Doctor from Rome). The text is in Latin. The costumes bronze mask contained aromatic herbs and reduced exposure to bad air

Background image17th Century Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620
Pilgrim landing party from the " Mayflower" in Plymouth harbor, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: View of Nottingham from the East - Jan Siberechts (attributed to)

View of Nottingham from the East - Jan Siberechts (attributed to)
Oil on Canvas 58.4 x 120.7

Background image17th Century Collection: 1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young

1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young
Sir Isaac Newton ( 4 January 1643 -31 March 1727). English physicist and mathematician. 18th Century Mezzotint portrait after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1689, with later colouring

Background image17th Century Collection: William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne, 1668

William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne, 1668
William of Orange, later King William III of England, leading the Dutch army in Englands Glorious Revolution. Hand-colored engraving

Background image17th Century Collection: Court record of testimony at the Salem witch trials, 1692

Court record of testimony at the Salem witch trials, 1692
Record of Titubas testimony at the Salem witchcraft trials, 1690s. Halftone reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background image17th Century Collection: Hannah Duston escapes from capture by Native Americans

Hannah Duston escapes from capture by Native Americans
Hannah Duston and two other captives escaping from Abenaki Indians on the Merrimac River, New Hampshire, 1697. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Bridge of Sighs in the fog, winter, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy

Bridge of Sighs in the fog, winter, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 7 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background image17th Century Collection: 17th century world map

17th century world map
World map, published around 1664 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Dutch mapmaker Joan Blaeu (c.1599- 1673). The Latin title is Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Background image17th Century Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 9 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background image17th Century Collection: Bee anatomy, historical artwork

Bee anatomy, historical artwork
Bees anatomy. 17th Century artwork by the Italian microscopist Francesco Stelluti, showing the anatomy of bees as seen by him under a microscope

Background image17th Century Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620
John Alden and Mary Chilton landing at Plymouth from the Mayflower, December 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Heidelberg Castle, Alte Brucke and the River Neckar, Heidelberg, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

Heidelberg Castle, Alte Brucke and the River Neckar, Heidelberg, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

Background image17th Century Collection: The Last Supper by Philippe de Champaigne, painted around 1652, Louvre Museum, Paris

The Last Supper by Philippe de Champaigne, painted around 1652, Louvre Museum, Paris, France, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

Background image17th Century Collection: Alchemical tree, Philosophia reformata

Alchemical tree, Philosophia reformata
The Alchemical Tree. Engraving depicting a tree surrounded by figures used in allegory by alchemists. The tree itself carries symbols representing the Moon, Sun and five planets

Background image17th Century Collection: John Milton, English poet

John Milton, English poet
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet. Milton was born in London and was educated at St. Pauls School and at Christs College, Cambridge

Background image17th Century Collection: The Round Tower Interior, Copenhagen, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

The Round Tower Interior, Copenhagen, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: Map of Europe, 1600

Map of Europe, 1600
16th century map of Europe. Published in Sienna in 1600, this Italian map shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: PLYMOUTH ROCK, 1620. The landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620

PLYMOUTH ROCK, 1620. The landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620. Lithograph, 1876, by Currier & Ives

Background image17th Century Collection: Upper church of Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro

Upper church of Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro
The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church situated against an almost vertical background, in Montenegro

Background image17th Century Collection: ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury

ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury. Oil on canvas, 17th century, by an unknown artist after a portrait of c1590

Background image17th Century Collection: First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636

First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636
Thomas Hookers congregation migrates from Massachusetts to settle Hartford, Connecticut, 1636. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Map of Molfetta (Bari), Engraving

Map of Molfetta (Bari), Engraving
Italy, 17th century. Map of Molfetta (Bari). Engraving

Background image17th Century Collection: Raphaels oil painting of the Resurrection of Jesus, the altarpiece of the Altar of

Raphaels oil painting of the Resurrection of Jesus, the altarpiece of the Altar of the Transfiguration, St. Peters Basilica, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: 17th century map of Europe

17th century map of Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: Mary the Jewess, first true alchemist

Mary the Jewess, first true alchemist
Engraving showing Mary the Jewess (also known as Maria Prophetessa), considered to be the first non-fictional alchemist recorded

Background image17th Century Collection: Spanish galleon at sea

Spanish galleon at sea
Spanish galleon, an improved caravel three times longer than wide, used in the 1500s and 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: PSCI2A-00011

PSCI2A-00011
Isaac Newton using a prism to analyze the colors in a ray of light. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Hegel

Hegel
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Digitally colored halftone reproduction of a painting by Selbers

Background image17th Century Collection: Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare

Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare
Theatrical performance in the days of Shakespeare. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: Puritans attempting to leaving England, early 1600s

Puritans attempting to leaving England, early 1600s
Departure of the Puritans halted by English authorities, early 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: 17th century city, plan of Augsburg, Germany

17th century city, plan of Augsburg, Germany
Typical fortifications and references. Rich in details, beautifully aged paperPublished by J. Stockdale, Piccadilly 1800

Background image17th Century Collection: Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: Taj Mahal, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Taj Mahal, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Background image17th Century Collection: Nova totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac hydrographica tabula, by Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam

Nova totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac hydrographica tabula, by Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam
Cartography, 17th century. Nova totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac hydrographica tabula, by Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1630. Illustrated copperplate, 38 x 54 cm

Background image17th Century Collection: Germany, Berlin, The Man with the golden helmet painting

Germany, Berlin, The Man with the golden helmet painting
Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt (1606-1669), The Man with the Golden Helmet

Background image17th Century Collection: Map of Mediterranean Sea by Francois Ollive, Marseille, 1664

Map of Mediterranean Sea by Francois Ollive, Marseille, 1664
Cartography, 17th century. Map of the Mediterranean Sea by Francois Ollive, Marseille, 1664

Background image17th Century Collection: Cervantess Don Quixote in his library

Cervantess Don Quixote in his library, 1863 French edition. Don Quixote reading books on chivalry in his library before setting out on his quest

Background image17th Century Collection: George Berkeley, Irish philosopher

George Berkeley, Irish philosopher
George Berkeley (1685-1753), Irish philosopher and Bishop of Cloyne (appointed 1734). Berkeley is famous for his philosophical theory concerning the perception of sensations and ideas

Background image17th Century Collection: 17th century map of the New World

17th century map of the New World
Western Hemisphere, 17th century Dutch map. This shows the New World that was being discovered by Europeans exploring the Western Hemisphere of the Earth

Background image17th Century Collection: St. Peters Square, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

St. Peters Square, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background image17th Century Collection: Colonial family banished from Puritan Massachusetts, 1600s

Colonial family banished from Puritan Massachusetts, 1600s
Punishing heretics by exiling them from Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image17th Century Collection: East Jersey and West Jersey

East Jersey and West Jersey
Map of colonial East and West Jersey, late 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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Step back in time to the 17th century, a period filled with remarkable events and captivating figures. In this era, Sir Isaac Newton, the brilliant mind behind the laws of motion and gravity, was captured in a portrait that immortalized his youthful brilliance. Meanwhile, across the vast ocean, the Mayflower ship sailed through treacherous waters as it carried Pilgrims seeking religious freedom to an unknown land in 1620. Intriguingly eerie is the artwork depicting a plague doctor from this century - a haunting reminder of the devastating diseases that plagued communities during those times. The English Civil War unfolded with Oliver Cromwell leading his troops at Edgehill, forever etching his name into history. On another shore, brave souls stepped onto Plymouth Rock as they disembarked from the Mayflower in search of new beginnings. Hannah Duston's daring escape from Native American capture serves as a testament to human resilience and survival instincts. The Salem witch trials cast their dark shadow over Massachusetts Bay Colony as court records bear witness to testimonies that would forever stain history. Jan Siberechts' attributed view of Nottingham offers us a glimpse into what life looked like during this period. Across Europe, William of Orange fought valiantly at the Battle of Boyne in 1668 while Heidelberg Castle stood tall along Alte Brucke and River Neckar in Germany - architectural marvels that have stood against time itself. Delving into nature's wonders brings us "Insects of Surinam, " showcasing scientific curiosity prevalent during this era. Lastly, exploring maps allows us to navigate our way through an ever-expanding world - one depicted on intricate 17th-century world maps. The 17th century was truly an age where innovation met adversity; where exploration collided with superstition; where heroes rose amidst chaos. It remains etched within history books as an era teeming with tales waiting for curious minds to unravel.