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An omniscient virtuoso gestures boastfully at all the knowledge that lies available to him. Etching by G.M. Mitelli, c. 1700.

Mitelli, Giuseppe Maria, 1634-1718.

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The poem warns that he will not know anything until he knows death and thus knows himself

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 27.4 x 20 cm

Lettering

Dottore versato in tutte le science. Io son de le dottrine il calendario,/ Io sono del saper l'unico uaso;/ Trouerà in me qualunque haurà bon naso/ L'utile, col dilettom, e il necessario. ...

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 17896i

Lettering note

Lettering continues: Morte. Mentre essalti i tuoi uanti, osserua i miei,/ Tù, che di uan saper gonfio ten uai;/ Che potrai dir allor, ch' assai tu sai,/ Quando tù sai chi sono, e sai chi sei. G.m. Mitelli. F.
The books on his shelf are, starting from top-left of left-hand shelf: Calepin. Gallileo. Biblia. Gratiani. Aldrovand. Scot. Tolomeo. Galeni. Vitruvio. Euclid. Basso. Petrarca. Aristotil. Seneca. ...Tasso. [Right-hand shelf:] Porta. Magini. Origan. Mesve. Quin... Hippocrat. Baldi

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