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Child and Skull (Allegory of Transience)

Inscription

in plate, beneath monogram: 1594; on stone, lower center: QVIS EVADETS; in lower margin: Flos nouus, et verna fragrans argenteus aura/Marcescit subitò, perit, ali, perit illa venustas./Sic et vita hominum iam, nunc nascentibus, eheu, /Instar abit bullæ vaniqz elapsa vaporis. F. Estius [The fresh silvery flower, fragrant with the breath of spring, Withers once its beauty wanes; Likewise the life of man, already ebbing in the newborn babe, Vanishes like a bubble or like fleeting smoke.]

Signed

lower right: HG [monogram]

Marks

watermark[?]; verso, collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7301 [Lugt 1870]

Provenance

mid 19th century, Rev. J. Burleigh James (Knowlbury Park, Shropshire, England), collection dispersed 1877. Henry F. Sewell (1816-1896, New York); November, 1897, Sewell collection purchased for the MFA by Harvey D. Parker.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection

1594

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 010 (as anonymous, after Goltzius); Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) 110

Accession Number

P7301

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