Fragment 490100



addressed equipping the ships

Original French:  dreſſa equippage de nauires,

Modern French:  dressa equippage de navires,


Master of the Jardin’s ship

Alexander Attacks the City of Tyre
Standing at the center of the lead ship in gold armor, Alexander the Great directs the naval assault on the Phoenician city of Tyre in January 332 B.C.

Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (active 3rd quarter of 15th century), Alexander Attacks the City of Tyre. about 1470 – 1475. J. Paul Getty Museum

George Trubet’s ship

Saint John the Evangelist
Isolated on the Greek island of Patmos, a youthful Saint John inscribes the opening words of his account of the life of Christ on a scroll draped across his lap. An inkpot and the carrying case for his quill pen are at his feet, and his symbol, the eagle, is perched in front of him. The illuminator, Georges Trubert, depicted the nearby islands and ships with careful precision. Especially remarkable are the two distant islands, which appear in very faint blue on the horizon.

Trubert, George (1469 – 1508), Saint John the Evangelist. 1480 – 1490. J. Paul Getty Museum

Sebastian Brant’s Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)

Sebastian Brandt’s Narrenschiff
Sebastian Brant’s Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)
Many wood-cuts of the first edition in 1494 are believed to have been carved by Albrecht Dürer. The additional wood-cuts are the work of the so-called Haintz-Nar-Meister, the Gnad-Her-Meister, and two other anonymous artists.

Brant, Sebastian (1457–1521), Narrenschiff. Basel: 1494. SLUB

More ships from Brant’s Narrenschiff

Sebastian Brant, Narrenschiff, Ship of Fools

Brant, Sebastian (1457–1521), Narrenschiff. Basel: 1494. SLUB

Brant, Narrenschiff

Brant, Narrenschiff,

Brant, Sebastian (1457–1521), Narrenschiff. Basel: 1494. SLUB

Charles VIII of France’s ship, ca. 1495

Ship of Charles VIII
Quinzième siècle, expèdition de Charles VIII en Italie : embàrquement, à Marseille, de bouches à feu de gros calibre à destination de La Spezia.
The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms.

New York Public Library. NYPL Digital Gallery

Botticini’s ship

Botticini’s ship

Botticini, Raffaelo (1477–c. 1520), The Adoration of the Magi. c. 1496. Art Institute of Chicago

Pinturicchio’s ship

The painting represents a scene from the Odyssey in an early Renaissance setting

Pinturicchio (ca. 1454 – 1513), The Return of Odysseus. fresco. 1509. Web Gallery of Art

Hans Burgkmair’s ship, 1511

Burgkmair’s ship
Woodcut by Hans Burgkmair for Johann Geiler von Kayserberg’s Navicula Penitentie (Augsburg, 1511). “It is evidently the earliest depiction of a fully-rigged and outfitted ship, with great and accurate detail, far beyond what had been published in the previous 50 or so years of movable type printing.”

von Kayserberg, Johann Geiler, Navicula Penitentie. Augsurg: Johann Ottmar, 1511. Ptak Science Books

Ship from 1514 edition of Livy’s History of Rome

Livy’s ship

Livius, Titus (59 BC – AD 17), Romische Historie…. Mainz: Johann Schoeffler, 1514. Ptak Science Books

The Argo

The Argo

Costa, Lorenzo (1460-1535), Expedition of Argonauts. 1484-1490. Wikimedia

Ship from 1537 edition of Virgil’s Aeneid

Virgil’s ship
From a work published in 1537, even though the artwork (evidently) appeared in an earlier edition of 1502.

Virgil (70 BC-19 BC), Oper accuratissime castigata…. 1537. Ptak Science Books

Gerung’s ship

Gerung, La Destruction de Troie et le Jugement de Paris
La Destruction de Troie et le Jugement de Paris, detail

Gerung, Matthias (ca. 1500 – 1570), La Destruction de Troie et le Jugement de Paris. 1540. Louvre

Alciat’s ship

Alciat’s ship
Illustration from Les emblèmes d’Alicat
Paris, Chrétien Wechel, 1540.
(Appears in TL, Editions de la Sirène)

Alciat, André (1492-1550), Clarissimi Viri D. Andreae Alciati Emblematum libellus. Paris: Chrétien Wechel, 1542. Wolfenbütteler Digitale Bibliotek

Bolzani’s ship

Bolzani’s ship
Pierio Valeriano, Les Hieroglyphiques (1615)

Bolzani, Pierio Valeriano (1477–1558), Hieroglyphica. Basel: 1556. Les Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes

Magnus’s Ship

Magnus’s Ship

Magnus, Olaus (1490–1557), Historiae de gentibus septentrionalibus. (History of the Northern Peoples). Antverpiae: Ioannem Bellerum, 1557. p. 262. Internet Archive


Portugese carrack, 1565
Sebastião Lópes (15??–1596). A Portuguese nau (carrack) as depicted in a map made in 1565.

Gellée’s ship

Gellée, Les femmes de Troie incendiant leurs navires (1643)

Gellée, le Lorrain, Claude (c. 1600 – 1682), Les femmes de Troie incendiant leurs navires. 1643. Insecula

les navires

Ce qui, toutefois, est vrai, c’est que l’autheur, très jaloux selon son habitude de la grandeur et de la puissance de la France et très attenif à louer le roi son maître, se montre, ici comme ailleurs, fort intéressé au progrès des forces navales du royaume, et quant le roi Henri II, au commencement de son règne en 1547, eut fair construire de nouveaux navires, Maître François, dans la deuxième édition de son quatrième livre, ajoute des trirèmes, des ramberges, des galions, des liburniques à la flotte du bon Pantagruel qui n’en avait que faire.

France, Anatole (1844–1924), Rabelais. Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1928. p. 168. Gallica



Posted 22 January 2013. Modified 16 June 2017.

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