Antique Print-TO PHILOSOPHIZE IS TO ACCEPT DEATH-Vaenius-Daret-1646



Philosopher c’est apprendre a mourir. – (‘To philosophize is to learn to die’). A seated central figure (the Philosopher) reads from a book, while a demon frolics at his feet. A female figure wearing a laurel wreath and offering a single leaf to the seated figure. Above that a figure with butterfly wings (the Soul) comes from the heavens holding a cornucopia. To the left a man holding a torch and sword arrives. A hand holding shears (Atropos of the Moirai) prepares to cut the thread of life of the philosopher.

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‘Philosopher c’est apprendre a mourir.’

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 21 x 33,5 cm. (8,3 x 13,2 inch). Image size: 14,5 x 17,8 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 92)

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. Small wormhole in bottom margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.


(PCO) A331-40

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Dimensions 33 × 21 × 1 cm


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