Antique Print-DEATH IS INEXORABLE-ATROPOS-MERCURY-Vaenius-Daret-1646

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La mort est inexorable. – (Death is unyielding or inexorable.) Three figures around a corpse lying on a table argue and plead with the hand in the clouds preparing to cut the thread of the man’s life (Atropos of the Moirai). One of the figures shows the deceased’s family tree and heraldry. The second figure is making a burn offering to honour the dead, while the third figure raises his hands to heaven (Mercury, wearing Petasos and with Caduceus at his side).

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‘La mort est inexorable.’

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 21 x 33,5 cm. (8,3 x 13,2 inch). Image size: 14,5 x 17,7 cm. (5,7 x 7 inch).

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: Ref: Brunet II 1658. (Emblem 102)

Made by ‘Pierre Daret’ after ‘Otto Vaenius’. Pierre Daret de Cazeneuve (1604-1678) was a Frecnch painter and engraver from Paris. He was active in Paris and Italy as engraver, painter of mostly portraits. 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: Very good, given age. Creasing in left margin and light soiling. Remains of paper on rear from binding. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

Keywords: DEATH IS INEXORABLE-ATROPOS-SHEAR-GENEALOGY-PETASOS-MERCURY

(PCO) A331-40

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Dimensions 33 × 21 × 1 cm

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