Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.8 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.5 x 18.2 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.2 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.7 x 7.2 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘La vertu presupose l’ action.’ – (‘Virtue presupposes action’). A partly naked man rests in a cave near a sleeping donkey. A female figure (Athena?) sits beside him, with a third figure pointing at a paper scroll just outside the cave. 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 ‘Pierre 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. Small stains in right top and in left lower of print. Two tears in lower margin (with old restorations). Wormhole in left top margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-VIRTUE-ACTION-SLEEPING MAN-DONKEY-CAVE-VAN VEEN-DARET