Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.8 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.3 x 17.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.2 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 6.9 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Le desir des biens est contraire aux choses honestes.’ – (‘Desire of goods is contrary to honest things’). In the foreground three figures are gathered around a treasure in chests and bags. To the left are a few mythological attributes (Hercules’ club and the Nemean lion’s pelt, a pike and the Aegis). From: ‘La Doctrine des Moeurs […]’ printed by Louys Sevestre for Pierre Daret, Paris, 1646. First edition. Author: Marin le Roy de Gomberville. Made by order of Mazarin for the instruction of the young Louis XIV. The plates are copies in reverse after Otto van Veen’s emblems in ‘Q. Horatii Flacci Emblemata.’ Ref: Brunet II 1658.Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Pierre Daret’ after ‘Otto Vaenius’. Otto van Veen, also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, (c.1556-1629) was a painter, draughtsman, and humanist active primarily in Antwerp and Brussels in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Condition: Good, given age. Tear in lower margin and missing right corner, backed by comtemporary paper, not affecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-AVARICE-VICE-TREASURE-AEGIS-NEMEAN LION-VAN VEEN-DARET