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Allegory of Death and the Transience of Life

Artist:
after Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)
Artist:
Workshop of Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)
Artist:
possibly by Zacharias Dolendo (Netherlandish, 1561–ca. 1604)
Date:
1599
Medium:
Engraving; third state of three (New Hollstein)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 17 15/16 × 14 1/8 in. (45.5 × 35.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.561
Not on view
Inscription: across top: S'GHEESTS STICHTIGEN VLEESCH = BREYDEL;
above the baldachin: MORS SCEPTRA LIGONIBUS AEQUAT;
on cartouche below Last Judgment: QUAENAM ERIT ILLAS DIES, CAELI CUM TEMPLA TRIBUNAL / CUM CHRISTUS JUDEX CUM REUS ORBIS ERIT? / POST MORTEM MORTIS NUNQUAM MORIENTIS IN SVUM / NE VIVAS, VIVUS NUNC AGE DISCE MORI . H. GROTIUS;
around medallion at top left: PRIMUS ADAM LETHO MUTAVIT IN ARBORE VITAM ET SUA SERPENTIS SUB JUGA, COLLA DEDIT. GROTIUS;
around medallion at top right: ALTER ADAM VITA MUTAVIT IN ABORE LETHUM, ET SUA, SERPENTIS SUB JUGA COLLA DEDIT;
above niche with putto: HOMO BULLA;
at left and right of pedestal with putto: QVIS EVADIT // OMNES UNA MANET NOX / ET CALCANDA SEMEL VIA LETHI // MORS SOLA FATETUR / QUANTULA SINT HOMINUM CORPUSCULA;
at bottom left of scene: IDGHEYN INV.;
at bottom center of scene: JAN THIEL EX.;

on plaque at bottom left: ECCE DUOS, TERRE DOMINUM TERRAEQUE MINISTRUM / DISPARILI AEQUATO MUNERE TERRA TEGIT / I NUNC, AUT SUDA, AUT VANOS PRAESUME TRIUMPHOS / QUAM PARVO IN LOCULO SPESQUE LABOSQ NITENT;
on plaque at bottom center: SUDANDO VITAE NULLU SIBI PROTULIT HORAM: / OMNIA VINCETI CEDERE PARCA NEGAT. / AD SUA JURA VOCAT NON EFFUGIENDA COLONOS / ATQUE CADEM REGES AD SUA JURA VOCAT;
on plaque at bottom right: NEC CONTRA COMMUNE FORUM PRAESCRIBERE CUIQUAM / NEC PROFERRE DIEM, LIS UBI SCRIPTA DATUM EST / MORS CUNCTA OCCIDENS, NUNQUAM OCCIDERE CESSANS: AUT NULLI AUT SOLI PARCERE DOCTA SIBI EST / GROTIUS;
across bottom: HONORABILI, PRUDENTI & CIRCUMSPECTO VIRO, DNO CORNELIO A LOCHORS, MERCHATORI, FIDELI ET SYNCERISSIMO IOANNES MATTHIAS BIBLIOPOLA OBSERVANTIAE ERGO D.D.
Vendor: Christopher Mendez, London
New Hollstein I.191.125 iii/iii; Hollstein VII.122.98 ii/ii
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