Sixteenth-century painting bought by museum

Episode from the conquest of America, by Jan Mostaert

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Thursday 4 Jul 2013, 12:55

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has bought a painting by Jan Mostaert. It is the Episode from the Conquest of America. The canvas was painted around the year 1535, some forty years after Columbus discovered America.

The museum does not disclose how much it paid for this work by the Haarlem painter.

Episode from the Conquest of America was part of the Goudstikker Collection, which was confiscated by the nazis during World War II. After the war, the painting was acquired by the Dutch government and hung in the Frans Hals Museum. In 2006 it was returned to the heirs of art dealer Goudstikker.

People can see this work by Jan Mostaert from today on in the Rijksmuseum.

According to Wikipedia, this painting probably depicts conflict between Spanish conquistador Coronado and the people of the Zuni pueblos in New Mexico.

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