Antique Print-MEDUSA-ENVY-BRAZEN BULL-EXECUTION-Vaenius-Daret-1646



L’ envie est la mort de l’ amour. – (‘Envy is the death of love’). Medusa, clutching at the snakes that cover her head, looks at a woman being heaved into a Brazen bull (or Sicilian bull) with fire burning underneath it.

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‘L’ envie est la mort de l’ amour.’

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 21 x 33,5 cm. (8,3 x 13,2 inch). Image size: 14,4 x 17,9 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 29)

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. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.


(PCO) A331-18

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Dimensions 33 × 21 × 1 cm


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