FranciaNumina bina mibi celebratur Pallas et Hermes; Irte togae praeses, praeses et illa sagi [...]
Cum privel J. Caes: Maiestat [c.1594]
Engraving, sheet 220 x 260mm (8½ x 10¼"). Glued to backing sheet. Trimmed to image.
France, from a set of four allegories on European countries after Hans von Aachen. The series was dedicated to Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius. This plate is shows a young woman as Minerva and young man as Mercury, and is an allegory on craft and industry. The composition includes: a painter's easel; weaver's loom; tools and musical instruments (including a lute); tennis racket and balls; woodworking and waving tools; and a gun and lance. In the background a battle scene is on the right, and a banquet and theatrical production on the left.
[Ref: 40146] £350.00