Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India from the Robert J. Del Bontà Collection
History of a print
Fifty years after the publication of Tavernier’s print, the engraver Bernard Picart used it as a source for his luxurious double-page engraving titled in French “Diverses Pagodes et Penitences des Faquirs” (Various Temples and Penances of the Fakirs). (Learn more about Picart’s engraving.) This image opened the second volume of his 1723 publication Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses des peuples idolatres (Ceremonies and religious customs of the idolatrous peoples), published in Amsterdam in 1728, which was part of a multivolume series on all world religions.
Picart’s engraving borrows Tavernier’s compositional format, such as the banyan tree enveloping a scene of three temples, devotees, and ascetics. However, Picart made key changes to update the print with newly acquired information.