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Inscription

lower right in plate: Abraham. Bloemaert / Inventor / helias van den / Bossche Sculptr.; lower left in plate: peter. ouerradt / excud. 1607; lower center in plate: VIRGO PARENS. nitido quam SOL illustrat amictu / SIDERAque exornant cal cantem cornua LUNAE / DIVIna da luce frui. da temnere fluxas / Has rerum species nostros miserata labores / Quae PIAVis. et per NATUM potes omnia MAGNA (Virgin Mother, whom the sun illuminates with a shining veil and whom the stars adorn, you who tread upon the horns of the moon concede us to enjoy the divine light, to disdain those fickle appearances of things and our pitiful endeavors. For your force is pious, and through the Son you can accomplish everything); center verso in graphite: 30/5

Provenance

(Hill-Stone Inc., New York); purchased 2000 by NGA.

Bibliography
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts ca. 1400-1700. 8 vols. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1954-1868. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberge