Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 21.1 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.2 x 18.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.3 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 7.3 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘La vertu fuit les excez.’ – (‘Virtue flees for excesses’). Three female figures, with the left throwing coins over her shoulder, the right grabbing coins from a large bag. The central figure holds a cornucopia and and a mirror (?). Above these three figures Icarus and Daedalus. 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. Thin paper in left top and small tear in lower, backed by comtemporary paper, not affecting image. Some small stains in margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-VIRTUE-EXCESS-COINS-CORNUCOPIA-ICARUS-TANTALUS-VAN VEEN-DARET