Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Pecuniae obediunt omnia
Brush and light brown and gray oil, and pen and brown ink; on a paper prepared with a 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 (182 x 145 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 59

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).


Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Pecúniae obediúnt omnia (title) / ____ omnis enim res, / Virtús, fama, decús, divina húmanaqúe, púlchris / Divitiis parent, qúas qúi constrúxerit, ille / Clarús erit, fortis, jústus. Sapiens etiam, et Rex / Et qúidqúid volet, hoc velúti virtute paratúm / Speravit magnae laúdi fore" (For all things - worth repute, honor, things divine and human - are slaves to the beauty of wealth, and he who has made his 'pile' will be famous, brave, and just. 'And wise too?' Yes, wise, and a king and anything else that pleases. His riches, as though won by worth, would bring him, he hoped, great renown). The title is from Vulgate Ecclesiastes 10:19. The text is from Horace, "Satires", Book II, 3, lines 94-99.

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. 85, no. 171.

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