Sight (Visus), from the Fiver Senses

Artist: after Maerten de Vos (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1532–1603 Antwerp)

Artist: Adriaen Collaert (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1560–1618 Antwerp)

Date: n.d.

Medium: Engraving; first edition

Dimensions: Image: 7 9/16 x 10 in. (19.2 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet: 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (21.3 x 26 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.597.41(2)


Prints of allegorical subjects were produced in England by the 1620s, reflecting this fashion on the Continent. The concept of the Five Senses personified by women and accompanied by companion animals was established by the Middle Ages, but the specific combinations of women and beasts illustrated in this set date to the mid-sixteenth century. The same iconography appears on the small cabinet decorated with the Five Senses (29.23.1).