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A seething mass of people driven by a multitude of different wills; representing the levelling of life by death. Etching by G.M. Mitelli after himself, 1690.

  • Mitelli, Giuseppe Maria, 1634-1718.
Date
1690
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17931i
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The alchemist with his furnace at the centre is represented as a pauper. The astronomer is an Arab

Publication/Creation

1690

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 29 x 43.2 cm

Lettering

A 'sen tutt' una massa. Tra pazzi, e savi, e in un ricchi e mendichi/ Si vive a la confusa, e'l tempo passa;/ Ma vien la morte a suiluppaar gl'intrichi,/ E ogn un ritorna a la primiera massa. G.M. Mitelli. I.E.F. ...

Lettering note

Lettering continues: [By physician holding clyster:] Son servitiale a tutti. [Underneath man pointing at skull an worm:] Fine della massa. [On book next to previous legend:] 1690.[Man holding with fowl on his lap, holding small flag:] Cicia lar don e. [The jester above the love-struck woman holds a book with the lettering:] Flag abio

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 17931i

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  • Italian


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