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A Proverb: Wealth and Poverty

Artist:
Karel van Mander I (Netherlandish, Meulebeke 1548–1606 Amsterdam)
Date:
mid-16th–early 17th century
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, gray wash, heightened with white, on beige paper.
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 6 13/16 in. (25.7 x 17.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.121
Not on view
Signature: At lower left (faintly visible), the artist's monogram "KM" inscribed in black chalk

Inscription: At lower margin, text of proverb inscribed in pen and brown ink: "De spaerpot te vroech ghemaeckt tot scherven/ Doet menich door derven te late sparen/ De oude man moet in aermoede sterven/ Die niet was bedacht in de jonghe jaren." (Translation: if you break the money box too soon, you start to save too late; the old man dies in poverty because he failed to think about saving in his youth). Vero: at lower center, inscribed "JMMKL36" in graphite
Louise Hasler; Vendor: sale Christie's, London November 29, 1977, lot 169
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Newly Acquired Drawings and Prints: A Selection," November 1, 1983–December 11, 1983.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 10, 1985–June 9, 1985.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 8, 1999–May 3, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 29, 2002–January 26, 2003.

Christie's, London The Property of the late Dr. Louise Hasler of Basel. [Sale catalogue]. November 29, 1977, cat. no. 169, ill.

Helen Bobritzky Mules "Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 42, no. 4, New York, 1985, pp. 8, 9, ill.

Marijn Schapelhouman, Peter Schatborn Tekeningen van oude meesters: De verzameling Jacobus A. Klaver. Zwolle, 1993, p. 20.

Sotheby's, Amsterdam The Jacobus A. Klaver Collection of Dutch Old Master Drawings. Sale catalogue. 1994, under cat. 6.

Karel van Mander, The Lives of the illustrious Netherlandish and German Painters. Edited by Hessel Miedema, Doornspijk, 1995, cat. no. D47, p. 134.

Old Master Drawings. [Sale catalogue]. Sotheby's, New York, January 26, 2011.

Vereniging Rembrandt "[mentioned]" in Bulletin van de vereniging Rembrandt. vol. 21, Summer 2011.



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