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Jan van de Velde II

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The Sorceress

17th century

Jan van de Velde II, Dutch, (ca. 1593–1641)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching
Marks: Translation of Latin text below image: “How many evils does lust, constrained by no limit, compel, and with what asweet song drags even the purest minds of mortals into every (kind of) upheaval. [sed cito quam fallimur: something like, “but how quickly we are led astray” or “but how quickly we decline”]. Death takes over brief life, brief joy. What smiles for a moment grieves for eternity.” Translation by A. Szegedy-Maszak and Michael Roberts 2006. See object file for notes on translation.
Marks: Watermark: Coat of arms with fleur-de-lis
Bibliography: F. & v.d.k. 114; Wurzbach 114.
Credit Line: Gift of Alice C. (Mrs. Isaac) Carter, 1959
Accession Number: 1959.16.4

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  • allegory
  • magic - Study and practice of ritual activities intended to control or influence human or natural events through the invocation of external and impersonal mystical forces beyond the ordinary human sphere; typical ritual activities include the manipulation of special objects and the recitation of spells. [October 1994 scope note added; related term added.]

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