Saturday, 17 November 2018
Philips Galle's engraving, “Dangers and Vices Accompanying Wealth”, 1563,
Philips Galle (aka Philippe Galle; Philippus Gallaeus) (1537–1612)
“Dangers and Vices Accompanying Wealth”, 1563, plate four from the series of six engravings (New Hollstein 476-481) after Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574), “The Unhappy Lot of the Rich” with verses by Hadrianus Junius (1511–1575).
Engraving on laid paper, with wide margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 28.1 x 30.9 cm; (plate) 17.2 x 23.3 cm; (image borderline) 15.9 x 22.8 cm
Inscribed on plate above the portrayed figures: (from left to right) “Periculum” (danger); “Pavor” (fear); “Latrocinium” (robbery); “Regina Pecunia” (Queen Money); “Stultitia” (foolishness); “Invidia” (envy).
Inscribed on plate below the portrayed figures: (right) “Pandemia” (the world); “Furtum” (thief).
Numbered on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “4.”
Monogrammed on the plate within the image borderline: (lower left of centre) “MVH. In" (Maerten van Heemskerck Invent).
Lettered on plate below the image borderline in two lines of text in two columns: "TE BIIVGI INVECTAM .../ …//…/ … RECVMBIT."
State ii (of iii) with verses by Hadrianus Junius added below the image borderline.
TIB 1987 5601.073:4 (Arno Dolders & Walter Strauss [eds.] 1987, vol. 56, Supplement, p. 285); New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 284 (Philips Galle); New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 479.II (Maarten van Heemskerck).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print;
“Dangers and vices accompanying wealth; A queen ‘Regina Pecunia’ sits in a chariot drawn by ‘Periculum’ (Peril) and ‘Pavor’ (Fear); behind are further labelled figures including ‘Latrocinium’, stabbing a heart, ‘Stultitia’ (Foolishness), a jester, ‘Invidia’ (Envy), ‘Pandemia’ and ‘Furtum’, a thief; after Heemskerck.”
See also the Rijksmuseum’s description of this print:
Condition: crisp and well-printed impression with wide margins (as published?) in excellent/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing). The sheet has been laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this allegory about wealth built upon misery, where Queen Money (Regina Pecunia) is shown on a chariot pulled by Fear (Pavor) and Danger (Periculum), while the Queen rests her hand protectively on the head of Robbery (Latrocinium) while he symbolically stabs a heart with his knife, and, following his lead, behind the chariot Thief (Furtum) steals money from the cornucopia of the World (Pandemia) overseen by Foolishnes (Stultitia) and the grim figure of Envy (Invidia) sucking on a heart, for AU$400 (currently US$293.30/EUR256.72/GBP228.69 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
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This print has been sold