||Bernard Picart (French, 1673–1733) was one of the most famous engravers of his generation in Europe. He learned the art of engraving from his artist father, Etienne Picart, and became a prolific artist creating works on a wide variety of subjects and in different styles. He moved to moved to Amsterdam in 1710, which was a major printing and publishing center, and soon afterwards converted to Protestantism.
One of Picart's best known works was a nine-volume publication entitled Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World (1722, 1728). Picart himself never traveled overseas but drew on earlier sources and accounts to create fabulous images of the diversity of mankind. He died in Amsterdam in 1733.