[Allegorcal illustration to book five of Lucretius' 'Of the nature of things']
[published Leiden by J. van der Aa, 1725]
Engraving, 185 x 140mm (7¼ x 5½"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet.
Allegorical illustration to book five of Lucretius' 'De Rerum Natura', alluding to several subjects discussed therein, including: the origin of the world (an idyllic picture of early man); the movement of the heavenly bodies (a diagram of the solar system, on the side of a monument); the rise and progress of humankind (the scene of construction and cultivation in the foregound); and the arts and sciences (the book held by the seated figure in the middle ground). 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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