Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.7 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.4 x 17.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.1 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.7 x 6.9 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Le vice est une servitude perpetuelle.’ – (‘Vice is a perpetual servitude’). A partly dressed woman flees from her bed, while her husband approaches the man hiding in a nearby chest with his sword drawn. 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: Fair, given age. Paper loss in the lower right margin corner (not affecting image, backed with contemporary paper). A long tear from the lower margin to the lower left of the image (with an old restoration). Some creasing in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-VICE-ADULTERY-SWORD-WOMAN-BED-VAN VEEN-DARET