Portrait of the Duke of Alva, from a Series of Tazza Designs
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Sheet: 5 3/16 × 4 15/16 in. (13.2 × 12.6 cm)
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Not on view
In the central medallion, a portrait of the Duke of Alva as Commander of Folly, shown in profile, facing left dressed in armor, with the inverted head of jester hanging from his neck. The medallion is framed by circular ornamental frieze with a variety of scenes depicting vomitting, defecating, and fornicating human figures and monkeys. From a series of four designs for ornamented tazza, or drinking vessels.
Inscription: In central medallion, at top: DE HOOPMAN VA NARHEIT / LE CAPITAINE DES FOLLIE; around outside of frieze: six columns of verse in Dutch.
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.