Last plate from the set of seven with the planets, originally designed by Maarten de Vos and Johannes I Sadeler, published in 1585. This impression is a mirrored copy, published in Italy (Siena?) by Matteo Florimi.
The personification of the planet sits on a chariot, led by two horses in the sky. Below a river landscape inhabited by soldiers, ravaging the land and the river with battles and fire.
In the sky the two signs protected by the planet: Scorpio and Aries; below on the far left are listed the regions and the cities influenced by Scorpio, whereas on the right those by Aries. In center, two columns of four lines each describing the qualities of the planet.
Titled above: “MARS”, signed and with address below: “M. de Vos figuravit. / Mateo Florimi formis”.
On verso, collector’s mark: VE in a circle: Pim van Eekelen (Amsterdam 1923-1984), L. 5101.
Engraving on paper, trimmed close to plate mark; total: 246 x 252 mm; cooked paper, several damages along the margins; smudges due to handling. Several repairs on verso. Hollstein (De Vos) 1387, copy c. Rare.
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