Antique Print-MAN IS NOTHING BUT DUST-DEATH-SHADE-Vaenius-Daret-1646



L’homme est rien qu’un peu de boue. – (Man is nothing but a little dust.) Urns are placed in a tomb. Death, skeleton’s and the shade of man are around.

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‘L’homme est rien qu’un peu de boue.’

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 16,8 x 28,2 cm. (6,6 x 11,1 inch). Image size: 14,7 x 18 cm. (5,8 x 7,1 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 103)

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: Fair, given age. Page trimmed. Small tear at right below top. Paper edges a bit irregular at bottom right. Some creasing, mostly in left margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.


(PCO) A331-40

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Dimensions 28 × 16 × 1 cm


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