Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.7 x 32.6 cm. The image size is ca. 14.3 x 17.7 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.1 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 7 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Si tersite est rich, on le prend pour achille.’ – (‘If Thersite is rich, he is taken for Achilles’). An ugly man (Thersites) seated at a table laden with coins, is approached by a group of nobly dressed figures. A woman holds a wreath over Thersites’ head. 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 ‘P. 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. Paper damage in the lower right margin, some creasing and soiling in the lower margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-THERSITES-ACHILLES-RICHES-UGLINESS-VAN VEEN-DARET