Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607) after Abraham Bloemaert, "Sine Cerere et Baccho Freget Venus" (Without Bread and Wine, Love Grows Cold), copperplate engraving on laid paper with unidentified watermark, published by Jacobus Razet, c. 1600. Depicts a fainting goddess Venus surrounded by Bacchus draped in grapevines and Ceres with crown of wheat and cornucopia; a cherub grasps Venus's arm. Lettered with the title in the margin and two columns of text, each four lines, "Ipsa Venus … locum." by Simon Sovius. Hinge mounted with ivory mat. Sheet – 10 1/2" H x 7 7/8" W (266 mm x 198 mm). Matted – 15 1/2" H x 10 3/4" W. Bartsch III.229.28, Hollstein 75. Note: other engravings of this image are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum of Art. Provenance: The Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville/Cottontown, Tennessee. CONDITION: Overall very good condition, hinge mounted, with margins trimmed inside plate mark, and lower left corner also trimmed. Small previous owner pencil notations en verso. 3 mm stain center just above title.
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