Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Amant alterna Camoenae
Brush and light brown and gray oil, and pen and brown ink; on a paper prepared with a red-brown ground of lead white tinted with yellow-brown ochre and a little red in oil medium.
7 1/8 x 5 3/4 inches (181 x 146 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 30

Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Amant alterna Camoenae (title) / Misce stúltitiam consilis brevem / Dulce est desipere in loco" (Mingle, while thou mayst, brief folly with thy wisdom. 'Tis sweet at the fitting time to cast serious thoughts aside). The title is from Virgil, "Eclogues", Book III, line 59. The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book IV, 12, lines 27-28.

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 77, no. 142.


Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).

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