People engaged in pleasures (dancing, drinking, gaming, flirting) to counteract the pains of illness and old age. Line engraving attributed to O. van Veen (Vaenius).
- Veen, Otto van, 1556-1629.
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Right, masked dancers and other pleasure-seekers. Left, a poor family seeking alms and a sick man in bed being attended by a physician: these represent the statement that "the gout, stone, want and care Will seize thee soon: pain will thy hours waste, And tedious sufferings make thee sadly pay A cruel interest for enjoyments past" (translated from Horace?)
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