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Old World Art Meets 21st Century, at Dana Library Exhibition

The Old World will meet the new at Rutgers-Newark when an exhibition of antique Portuguese-themed engravings goes on display at the John Cotton Dana Library come Jan. 28.

“Portraits of Portugal: Original Engravings from the 16th-19th Centuries ”will feature 33 engravings and bookplates on loan from private Portuguese collectors. The collection, which is free and open to the public, will be displayed in the library's fourth-floor gallery through Feb. 28. The Consul General of Portugal will attend the Jan. 30 opening, which begins at 4 p.m.

The exhibition is a trans-Atlantic collaboration between Rutgers and Portuguese allies: the Instituto Camões and the Fundação Luso-Americana, in Portugal, and the Dana Library of the Rutgers University Libraries, and the Rutgers-Newark Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies program. The four are co-sponsors and organizers.

The engravings are by several artists and cartographers, including Hondius, the 17th century engraver of a map by Mercator, and J. Holland, an English artist from the mid-19th Century Romantic period.

One of the bookplates is a 17th century portrait of a Portuguese king, while several others are maps, including maps of Portugal, Roman Portugal and Iberia. The bookplates include engravings from the Romantic period depicting Portuguese landscapes, both urban and rural scenes. Quotations from celebrated authors such as Lord Byron, H. C. Andersen, and Eça de Queirós will offer comments on the depicted landscapes.

Dana Library is located at 185 University Ave. For library hours, please call 973/353-5901.

Story prepared by Carla Capizzi, editorial coordinator Rutgers-Newark Campus Communications

Posted January 17, 2003