King Dom Garcia II of Kongo Receiving Capuchin Missionaries (Angola), 1648

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Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi, Istorica Descrizione de' Tre Regni Congo, Matamba, et Angola (Milan, 1690), facing p. 269. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library)

Dom Garcia (r. 1641-1661) was a descendant of the first Kongo king to adopt Catholicism. Giovanni Cavazzi (b. 1621) was an Italian priest who from 1654 to 1667 joined the Capuchin mission in what is today northern Angola. After a visit to Europe he returned to the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. He died in Genoa in 1678. Cavazzi's original drawings (but not this image which was created by an Italian artist who included European embellishments, e.g., the crown) are in his manuscript, in a private collection in Modena, Italy. See drawings in "Bassani" on this website. A microfilm copy of the original manuscript is held by the Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library. See also modern Portuguese translation with notes, edited by Graciano Maria de Leguzzano (Descrição Histórica [Lisbon, 1965]). Thanks to Joseph Miller for his assistance in interpreting this image.