The goddess Diana presiding over military figures representing the choleric temperament. Etching by J.D. Nessenthaler, ca. 1750.

  • Nessenthaler, Johann David, 1717?-1766.
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The top half of the image is filled with arms, armour, a military encampment and soldiers. The bottom half shows predatory animals, a wide-eyed dog and a captured stag (related to Diana, who has a moon decorating her head and carries a bow and arrow)


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

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1 print : etching ; platemark 32 x 18.5 cm


Cholericus. Præter horrenda Mars nihil amat arma,/ quæ sœpe timida terrere corda solent ... Lettering continues: "Diana in silvis artis venandi magistra/ Canibus persequi fugitiva docet fera. Mars pflegt gewafnet sich versöhnlich hie zu zeigen,/ auf ein gesattelt Pferd heist er den Helden steigen./ Geschüss von vieler Art, so mannchen schröcken tan,/ jedoch Diana zeigt die Kunst zu Jagen an. Ioh. Dav. Nessenthaler. inv. del. et. sc. Ioh. Michael Probst exc. Aug. V. CPSCM. £ median folio no. 3"


Wellcome Collection 26898i


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