The Archer and the Milkmaid

After Jacques de Gheyn II Netherlandish
Andries Stock Netherlandish
Publisher Nicolaes de Clerck Dutch

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The well-bred artist Jacques de Gheyn treats the subject of milkmaids with more circumspection than is found in popular prints of the period. An archer with a bulging codpiece aims his crossbow right at the viewer, like Cupid hitting us between the eyes. The archer and his helpful companion (who wears his hat) reappear as lovers in the left background, where a stallion (presumably) ogles a mare. De Gheyn refers to slang expressions such as "milking" (see 41.1.24) and "shooting your bolt." The inscriptions were probably added by the publisher. The Latin verse lamely alludes to male anatomy while the Dutch text warns maidens of men with crossbows cocked.

The Archer and the Milkmaid, After Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague), Engraving; first state of two (New Hollstein)

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