[Allegory of the senses: illustration to book four of Lucretius' 'Of the nature of things' IV]
[published Leiden by J. van der Aa, 1725]
Engraving, 185 x 140mm (7¼ x 5½"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet.
Allegorical illustration to book four of Lucretius' 'De Rerum Natura', which is devoted to a theory of the five senses. They are represented here by: the fruit held by the goddess in her chariot (taste); a musician playing the lute (hearing); a putto playing with a small animal (smell) while a bird pecks his hand (touch); and another putto looking at his reflection in the mirror (sight). Also includes a globe showing Europe and Africa. Frans van Mieris designed six illustrations which were engraved by Wandelaar for the 1725 Leiden publication of the work. These were copied by Duflos for the 1754 French publication.
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