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Landing of Columbus, October 12th 1492 - Woven at Columbian Exhibition -146

John Vanderlyn
Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'
Commissioned 1836/1837; placed 1847 Rotunda
Christopher Columbus is shown landing in the West Indies, on an island that the natives called Guanahani and he named San Salvador, on October 12, 1492. He raises the royal banner to claim the land for his Spanish patrons, and he stands bareheaded, with his hat at his feet, in honor of the sacredness of the event. The captains of the Niņa and Pinta follow, carrying the banner of Ferdinand and Isabella. The crew displays a range of emotions, and some search for gold in the sand. Natives watch from behind a tree.


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