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Ruina, from The Life of Man (Theatrum Vitæ Humanæ)

Series/Portfolio:
The Life of Man (Theatrum Vitæ Humanæ)
Artist:
Hieronymus (Jerome) Wierix (Netherlandish, ca. 1553–1619 Antwerp)
Artist:
after Hans Vredeman de Vries (Netherlandish, Leeuwarden 1527–1606 (?) Antwerp (?))
Publisher:
Pieter Balten (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1526/27–1584 Antwerp)
Published in:
Antwerp
Date:
1577
Medium:
Engraving; first state of two (Hollstein)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 1/16 × 10 1/2 in. (20.4 × 26.7 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.95.2597(7)
Not on view
Ruin, representing the age from 80 until death, from a series with the six ages of man shown as the the architectural orders.
Inscription: at bottom center: IHW ;
on pedestal at bottom left: EXCV. / P. BAL / TENS.
on plaque at center of bottom margin: RVŸNE / .6. ;
in bottom margin, at left and right: Deniq[ue] quicquid erit, Deus aut Natura quot ullum / Principium sub solo dedit mortale necesse est, // Paulatim accrescat paulatim labitur, atq[ue], Tempore commutat vitam cu morte funesta
Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Hollstein XLVIII.89.441 i/ii; Alvin (Wierix) 298.1498
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