Bremden, Daniël van den (1586/87-1663/73) after Venne, Adriaen van de (1589-1662)

Il tegnoso fuge il pettine (Alle de Wercken van den heere Jacob Cats…, 1655)

Proverb turned into an emblem by van de Venne and then put into print by van den Bremden: “A men sick with Taenia runs from the comb”. In the center of the composition a barber is trying to comb the hair of a man seated on a chair, held still by two other men. Taenia is a parasite that can be transferred to men via not well-cooked meat and fish. As parasite, it develops in the intestines of the guest and absorbs nutritive substances instead of him. For small mammals like cats and dogs, the parasite is transmitted through fleas, probably affecting the man in the print as well. The title is in Italian: “Il tegnoso fuge il pettine”, meaning that the man affected by Taenia dislikes being combed. Signed below: ‘Avenne in. / DvBromden Scul.’ Engraving and letterpress. On the verso, another engraving showing several cows gathered together in defense from the attack of a wolf. Pages 645/646.

Engraving on paper, below and on the verso text in letterpress, plate mark: 134 x 137 mm; total (passepartout): 319 x 289 mm. Only state. In good condition despite some light staining.

Incl. BTW  96,80

Excl. BTW  80,00