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A woman representing Nature gives a baby to a mother; representing man's vulnerable and naked birth. Engraving by P. Galle, 1563.

Galle, Philippe, 1537-1612.
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[Antwerp] : Philipp Galle, 1563.

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1 print : line engraving ; platemark 18.6 x 24.2 cm


Largitur natura parens pia tegmina brutis,/ Arboreumq́; genus gemino quoq; cortice velat:/ Solum hominem nudum in luminis abijcit auras,/ Damnat & obstrictum vinclorum nexibus arctis. P.G. 1563 ...


Wellcome Library no. 26264i

Lettering note

Lettering repeated in Dutch and French. The latter reads: "Arbres, poissons, oiseaux & tous animaux,/ Venans au monde ont toute leur vesture/ Mais l'homme seul y vient nud par Nature,/ Souffrant sans coulpe un millier de travaux". The naked woman is marked 'Natura'
Bears number: 1


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