Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Scene with a Feast of Love in a Circle at Center

Artist:
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Date:
1580–1600
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 7/16 × 5 9/16 in. (13.8 × 14.1 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.5794(3)
Not on view
In a circle at center, a scene with the Feast of Love in a garden with a large building in the background at right. In the forefront, five female figures and one male figure dance around a table with fruit. The male figure, at left drapes his arm around one of the female figures, while the figure at the right holds a torch. Various animals, including an eagle at lower right, a turtle at lower left, and a monkey at top center, also appear in the celebration. Around the central circle, a band with rosettes and vines growing various fruits. In the corners, inscription in Latin on ribbons.
Inscription: At top left: ACCIPE HOMO QUAE QUINQUE / FERUNT TIBI MUNERA SENSUS; at top right: NON TE QUOS TIBI JAM, / CERNIS FAMALARIER ULTRO, ; at lower right: HIS FAMULUM ADFECTUS / REDDAT MALE SUADA CUPIDIO ; at lower right: ACCIPE & OBLATIS / PRUDENTIUS UTERE DONIS
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
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