Prester John is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popular in European chronicles and tradition from the through the century. He was said to rule over a Nestorian Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient.
Antique map of Prester John’s kingdom in Ethiopia, by Ortelius. The Latin reads: ‘A description of the Empire of Prester John of the Abyssinians.’ Note the little drawings of elephants scattered about.
Prester John Il prete Ianni, Re d'Ethiopia. Priest John (Prester John) continued for centuries what still capture the imagination throughout Europe. Until the eighteenth century in Europe you find Heroic portraits of him.
Cristofano dell’Altissimo Portrait of Lebna Dengel/Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia Italy (c. From Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe: “ Then there are extraordinary cases of African rulers who… commissioned European-style.