ItaliaMe beat ingenium pietas, ioca, suanda, salesq; / Et quicquid pulchri pulcher Apollo docet [...]
Cum privel S. Caes: Maiestat [c.1594]
Engraving, sheet 220 x 260mm (8½ x 10¼"). Trimmed to image. Bit tatty. Glued to backing sheet.
Italy, from a set of four allegories on European countries after Hans von Aachen. The series was dedicated to Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (this plate bears the dedication). A young man and woman (holding a cornucopia), allegory on arts and war. The composition includes: books; viola da gamba; an antique torso, a croquet mallet and balls; a large ball and an arm-guard ('bracciale' used to play an Italian ball game); dice; theatrical masks; a sword, a cornet and shawm. In the background are musicians on the right and an army marching on the left.
[Ref: 40148] £320.00