TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)
Apollo and the Continents (America, left-hand side)1752-53
Stairwell of the Residenz, Würzburg
The personification of the American Continent rides on a huge crocodile. With her naked upper torso and feathered head-dress, she represents the uncivilized world. She is surrounded by people characterized as wild creatures, who hunt with bow and arrow. The figure reclining below her holds a horn of plenty as a symbol of the riches and fertility of this part of the world, which was of the greatest interest to the Europeans.