Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Liberali homini volunt omnes quam optime
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 3/16 x 5 13/16 inches (183 x 148 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 56

Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Liberali homini volunt omnes quam optimè (title) / At si condolúit tentatúm frigore corpus / Aút aliús casus lecto te affixit, / habes qúi / Assideat, fomenta paret, medicum roget, út te / Suscitat ac reddat natis, carisque propinqúis" (But if your body is seized with a chill and racked with pain, or some other mishap has pinned you to your bed, have you someone to sit with you, to get lotions ready, to call in the doctor so as to raise you up and restore you to your children and dear kinsman?) The text is from Horace, "Satires", Book I, 1, lines 80-83.

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. 84, no. 168.


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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