Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Culpam poena premit comes
Brush and gray and light brown 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 (181 x 146 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 86

Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Cúlpam poena premit comes (title)/ ____ saepe Diespiter/ Neglectus, incesto addidit integrúm/ Rarò antecedentum scelestúm/ Deseruit pede poena claudo" (Often has outraged Jupiter involved the innocent with the guilty; but rarely does Venegence, albeit of halting gait, fail to o'ertake the guilty, though he gain the start). The title is from Horace, "Odes", Book IV, 5, line 24; the text is from Horace, "Odes", Book III, 2, lines 29-32.

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. 94, no. 198.


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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