Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Amicitiae trutina
Pen and brown ink, with gray wash, and some work in point of brush, on unprepared paper.
7 5/6 x 5 15/16 inches (186 x 151 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 66

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, "Amicitiae trútina (title)/ _____ amicús duclis, ut aeqúúm est, / Cúm mea compenset vitiis bona, pluribus hisce, / Si modo plúra mihi bona sunt, inclinet amari/ Si volet hâc lege, in trútina ponetur eadem" (My kindly friend must, as is fair, weigh my virtues against my faults, if he wishes to gain my love, and must turn the scales in their favour as being the more numerous - if only my virtues are more numerous. On that condition he shall be weighed in the same scale. The text is from Horace, "Satires", Book I, 3, lines 69-72.

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. 87, no. 178.

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