Fascinating image showing a scene from the violent methods of the Spanish Governor Blasco Núñez Vela after his arrival in Lima, from De Bry's Grand Voyage.
The rule of the new Spanish governor of Peru, Vaca de Castro, installed after Pizarro's death at the hands of the Almagro faction, was no more stable than the previous government. The king of Spain sent Blasco Núñez Vela to replace Vaca de Castro. Núñez Vela's rule was even more harsh than his predecessor's and he murdered or had killed numerous people including (shown here) a procurator, or spokesman, for the people of Lima.
This work was published by Theodor de Bry and is derived from the third part of Girolamo Benzoni, Historia del mondo nuovo, Venice, 1565. Theodor de Bry's America. Pt. 6.
Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) was a prominent Flemish engraver and publisher best known for his engravings of the New World. Born in Liege, de Bry hailed from the portion of Flanders then controlled by Spain. The de Brys were a family of jewelers and engravers, and young Theodor was trained in those artisanal trades.
As a Lutheran, however, his life and livelihood was threatened when the Spanish Inquisition cracked down on non-Catholics. De Bry was banished and his goods seized in 1570. He fled to Strasbourg, where he studied under the Huguenot engraver Etienne Delaune. He also traveled to Antwerp, London, and Frankfurt, where he settled with his family.
In 1590, de Bry began to publish his Les Grands Voyages, which would eventually stretch to thirty volumes released by de Bry and his two sons. The volumes contained not only important engraved images of the New World, the first many had seen of the geographic novelties, but also several important maps. He also published a collection focus on India Orientalis. Les Grands Voyages was published in German, Latin, French, and English, extending de Bry’s fame and his view of the New World.