Copperplate engraving on verge type hand laid paper with watermark. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 15,5 x 19,5 cm. The image size is ca. 11,5 x 9 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 6,1 x 7,7 inch. The image size is ca. 4,5 x 3,5 inch.
Plate: ‘ Een schriklik Reuze-swaardt hangt, an een zyden draadt, geduurig boven ‘t hooft van ‘s Konings achtbre staat.’ ( An awful big sword is hanging by a silk thread constantly above the head of the King’s honorable state.) This plate shows how King Dionysius hangs a sword above Damocles to illustrate the burdens ruling a country. This attractive original old antique print / plate originates from: ‘Toonneel des Menschelikken Levens door I.V. Vondelen …’, first published in 1661. This is a well-known book of emblematic book where human kind is being told how to lead its life pure, honourable and enjoyable. Lessons from poetry, history, ethics and literature are quoted above and below the image. This is a 1661 edition published by Jacobus vanden Bergh, Amsterdam.Artists and Engravers: The author and poet of this work is Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679). He was a Dutch writer and playwright. He is considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century. The engraving is engraved by unknown engraver.
Condition: Fine. General age related toning and occasional light staining from handling as visible on image. Some damp staining at the bottom of the page, nog effecting image.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-SWORD OF DAMOCLES-DIONYSIUS-VONDEL