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A woman prays as a man sleeps drunkenly on the ground; allegory of the melancholy temperament. Engraving by R. Sadeler, 1583, after M. de Vos.

  • Vos, Maarten de, 1532-1603.
Date
[between 1600 and 1699]
Reference
26884i
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Description

The text mentions sleep disorders, anxiety, fear and violence. The man appears to be reaching for a beer jug; broken crockery and furniture lie on the ground. In the background, two performers (one holding scales) stand on a podium, possibly quacks in a medicine show. Three astrological symbols form an arc in the sky

Publication/Creation

[Paris] : P. Mariette ex, [between 1600 and 1699]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; platemark 18.9 x 24.5 cm

Lettering

Melancholicus. Anxius et niger est, timet omnia tristia, dormit,/ Et violentus atro manat ab ore furor,/ Insomnesque agitat violento examine curas:/ Mole sua bilis quem nimis atra premit. M. de Vos inventor. Raphael Sadeler scalps. Antwerpiæ. P. Mariette ex.

References note

Anouk Janssen, Grijsaards in zwart-wit: de verbeelding van de ouderdom in de Nederlandse prentkunst (1550-1650), Zutphen 2007, p. 73, fig. 9

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26884i

Languages

  • Latin


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