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The Course of Human Life

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1957,0413.24

  • Title (series)

    • The Course of Human Life
  • Description

    Choosing Virtue: to left, an adolescent boy dismounts from a horse, surrounded by the four virtues, prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance, holding their symbols; to right, a figure of envy emerges from a flamming pit, and aims two arrows at the young man; beyond, in a rocky landscape, the same man is led by two female figures and an angel, up a mountain path towards two females representing religion and piety; after Jan van der Straet. 1570
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1570
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 223 millimetres (image size)
    • Width: 297 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within the image: 'Io. Stradanus. Fland. inve. / H. Cock. excud. 1570. / .PF.' Lettered below the image: three Latin verses in three columns, 'Hinc iuvenem...alta vocent.'
  • Curator's comments

    See comments to 1957,0413.21.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 275 (Johannes Stradanus) bibliographic details
    • Hollstein 35 (Pieter Jalhea Furnius) bibliographic details
    • Baroni Vannucci 1997 686.5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F Post-binder Large)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1957

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1957,0413.24

Education in virtue: to l, an adolescent boy dismounts from a horse, surrounded by the four virtues, prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance, holding their symbols; to r, a figure of envy emerges from a flamming pit, and aims two arrows at the young man; beyond, in a rocky landscape, the same man is led by two female figures and an angel, up a mountain path towards two females representing religion and piety. 1570  Engraving

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Education in virtue: to l, an adolescent boy dismounts from a horse, surrounded by the four virtues, prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance, holding their symbols; to r, a figure of envy emerges from a flamming pit, and aims two arrows at the young man; beyond, in a rocky landscape, the same man is led by two female figures and an angel, up a mountain path towards two females representing religion and piety. 1570 Engraving

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