23 scenes of literal depictions of proverbs, accompanied by the texts. Upper left: ‘De trouwe is lichter als eē pluijm.’ Lower right: ‘Dat sluijt gelijck eē tanghe up een verrken.’ Third plate in a series of four with in total 88 proverbs, intended to be mounted as a horizontal frieze. Copper plates in inventory of Joannes van Doetecum the Younger, 26 I 1626: ‘Vyer platen van de blauwe hoeyck’ (section: ‘Gemeene platen’). The format is likely inspired by a print of Frans Hogenberg titled ‘Die Blau Huicke’, c. 1558.
The title ‘the Blue Cloak’ refers to the proverb illustrated in the lower centre of a woman placing a cloak over her husband in order to conceal her deceit. The sources for most of these proverbs can be found in classical and medieval literature. The Antwerp book printer Christophe Plantin published Aesop’s Fables and Erasmus’ Adagia in the 1560s, making them available to a humanist audience in Flanders. Other sayings must have their origins in oral tradition.
Engraving on laid paper, broad margins; platemark: 378 x 285 mm.; total: 428 x 409 mm.; watermark: grapes, countermark: ‘DANGOVMOIS’; vertical centerfold and horizontal fold in lower section; traces of previous mounting on verso along the centerfold and at the edges; torn at the upper corners, a few small smudges, else in very fine condition.
The paper containing a watermark of grapes and a countermark referring to Angoumois indicates French paper from the eighteenth century, meaning that this is a later print from the original plate printed in 1577. The prints are very rare.
New Hollstein, the Van Doetecum family vol. III, p. 224, n. 790;
Muller, Nederlandse Historieplaten vol. II, p. 125, n. 3620.
Muller, Nederlandse Historieplaten vol. VI, p. 79, n. 763A-3.
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