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Portrait of Justus Lipsius, bust directed to the right, with an elaborate frame; on the right the serpent winding round the cornucopia symbolises Prudence, while the scroll on the other side symbolises Doctrine and is lettered with the titles of Lipsius's major works; above is Mercury's winged hat; letterpress title on the verso; frontispiece to Lipsius's second edition of Seneca's works "L. Annæi Senecæ Opera" (Antwerp: 1615)
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Height: 291 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 188 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A plate from the 1615 edition of Seneca's works by Lipsius published by the Plantin Press. The symbolism of the frame is explained by Moretus in the preface to the book. The preparatory drawing for the print is in the BM (see 1891,0511.31, Hind 90; J. Rowlands, 'Rubens: Drawings and Sketches', British Museum ex. cat. 1977, no. 214). See J.Richard Judson and C. Van de Velde, 'Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, Book illustrations and title-pages', XXI, London 1978, no.30.
For other impressions of this plate see 1891,0414.1001 and 1983,U.2850.
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- Associated titles
Associated Title: L. Annæi Senecæ Opera
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- Acquisition notes
- The print is stamped CMC R1b-154, but has Philipe's blindstamp with HS. The print is cut from the book, which suggests that it is indeed Sloane.
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