Netherlandish School

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Netherlandish School
16th century
The Elements of Earth and Water as Personified by Ops and Pluto, with Thetis and Neptune in the Distance
Pen and black ink with a few passages at lower right in brown ink, gray wash, with hatching in point of brush and gray, on paper, laid down on heavy board; framing line in black ink.
14 7/8 x 14 11/16 inches (378 x 373 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Design for an unidentified tapestry.


Inscribed in the cartouche in the upper border, in a fine italic script, in brown ink, "Aqua cui preest Thetis, Terra cui imperat Opis".

Associated names: 

Krajcovic, V. Stefan, former owner.


Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 12, no. 17, repr.
Adams, Frederick B., Jr., ed. Fourteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965 & 1966. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1967, p. 104-05 (Franco-Flemish, 16th century)
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 145 (as Franco-Flemish, 16th century)

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