Monday, 14 June 2010

Teares of the Indians, or inquisition for Bloud

Teares of the Indians, or inquisition for Bloud

Four panels featuring Spaniards torturing and executing Amerindians; top left, a naked male roasted over a fire, sustained by a man with bellows, while the hands are being cut off naked women; top right, naked figures hanging from a scaffold over a fire into which a baby is being thrown; bottom left, naked figures being beaten while carrying an anchor and a cannon, while Spaniards are butchering corpses; bottom right, a semi-naked female figure wearing a crown and hanging from a tree, with a burning building in the background.

Frontispiece to Bartolome de las Casas, 'The Tears of the Indians: Being a True Account of the Cruel Massacres and Slaughters... Committed by the Spaniards...', translated by J.P. (London, J.C. for Nath. Brook, 1656).

Etching made by Richard Gaywood, London, England, 1656.


DSC08662, originally uploaded by yellowsoupbowl.

Painted by Light - Mamiya Super 23