The Rock of Sintra: Colombus’s Landfall

By Robert M. Rose, published August 1977


The paper argues that the subject matter of a painting in the National Maritime Museum has been wrongly described. The author maintains that it depicts Colombus’s landfall on return to Europe in 1493 after his first voyage of discovery and not the Infanta Donna Beatriz arriving in Villefranche in 1522. A following Note from the Museum admits that both artist and subject matter have been greatly disputed but maintains that the Infanta arriving in Villefranche remains the most likely depiction.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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