Unidentified; "DOM" on left margin. CARDINAL WITH WREATH OF SHELLS AND SHELL-FISH, PEARLS.
by [Dutch ca. late 17th century, large broadsheet engraving].
[Netherlands?].: ca.1660-1740., 1660. (603 x 439 mm) Two large folio sheets mounted on a folding sheet. Very good. A central figure (Dutch figure with mustache and lengthy hair, wearing a cross) sits in an architectural setting, surrounded by a garland of sea scallops, pearls, a crab, flanked by Justice on one side (she is blindfolded, and holding a sword in one hand and scales in the other), and another woman representing Christianity holding a cross. The figures above echo the spiritual and temporal themes; there are also three small scenes below the central figure; cupid, a stag hunting scene, and a monk with a balky horse. Four armorial helmets top a heraldic shield (with cross, miter, Swan on top) with markings of a castle, sword through the center and a crown above, with addition image of three-scallops in center piece, flanked by two putti (one holding an oyster shell with a string of pearls). This finely executed engraving is not signed or otherwise identified by its artist (possibly trimmed). Three small "S" red-stamps along lower boarder.
(Inventory #: LV2322)
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