Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Sheet: 5 1/16 × 4 13/16 in. (12.9 × 12.2 cm)
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Not on view
In the central medallion, a portrait of a jester in profile (facing right) merged with an upside down head of a satyr, framed by a circular ornamental frieze with scenes including the Whore of Babylon and the Temptation of Adam and Eve, as well as a peacock and a series of demons and grotesques. From a series of four designs for ornamented tazza, or drinking vessels.
Inscription: In central medallion: ORGVEILLE ET FOLLIE; around the central medallion, at right: T. D. B. F. / above and below central medallion, in two columns: QUI PAR ORGEUIL AURA FARFAIT / ET AURA USE DE BLASPHEME / IL PORTERA DE SON MEFFACT / LA PUNITION SUR SOY MESME ; around outside of frieze: DE HOOUERDIJE IS SOO GROOTS EN VERBLINDT / DATSE GODT NOCH HAREN NAESTEN EN BEMINDT / EEN MOEDER DER BOOSHEIJT VOL TUISTS EN TIJRANNIJE / PRINCIPAEL ALS SIJ GHEDRONIKEN HECST DIT WEL VERSINT / UT DEN BABDISCHEN COP VOL YPOCRISYE / EN HOUT SIJ MAET NOCH REDEN IN HAER HEERSCHAPPIJE.
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.