Apollo presiding over a gentleman of sensual appetite; representing the sanguine temperament. Etching by J.D. Nessenthaler, ca. 1750.

  • Nessenthaler, Johann David, 1717?-1766.
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Apollo holds a lyre and sprig of a berried plant. On the floor beneath the lovers, games and playing cards lie scattered around, and a ram appears from underneath the bed. Above, behind the table, Bacchus, a fur draped over his back, pours the wine


Aug[usta] V[indicorum] [Augsburg] : Johann Michael Probst

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1 print : etching ; platemark 31.9 x 18.3 cm


Sanguineus. Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori,/ at sine Cerere et Bacho friget Venus ... Ioh. Dav. Nessenthaler. inv. del. et. sc. Ioh. Michael Probst exc. Aug. V. CPSCM. £ median folio no. 3 Lettering continues: "tota hæc nostra mere lusus est vita:/ Apollo solus liberales favet artes. Venus, mit ihrem Kind, kan Helden Herz besiegen,/ wobeÿ auch Bachus offt Verliebte kan betrügen:/ Wirfel und Kartenspiel auch leicht beÿsamen seÿn,/ Apollo flöst allein die freÿe Künste sein"


Wellcome Collection 26899i


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