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across top of plate: NATVS HAGAE TVRONVM PRIDIE CA. APR 1596. DENATVS HOLMIA. CAL. FEB. 1650; across bottom of plate below image: RENATVS DESCARTES, NOBILIS GALLUS, PERRONI DOMINUS, SUMMUS MATHEMATICUS & PHILOSOPHUS. / Talis erat vultu NATVRAE FILIVS: unus / Qui Menti in Matris viscera pandid iter. / Assignansq suis quavis miracula causis, / Miraclum reliquum solus in orbe fuit. / F. Hals pinxit Il Suijderhoeff sculpsit; by later hand, lower right center in graphite: VAR

Provenance

Henri Beraldi, Paris (born 1849) (Lugt 230). John Young, London (d. 1874/1875) (Lugt 1560). (Paul Prouté, S. A., Paris); purchased 2015 by NGA.

Bibliography
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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: no. 74, ii/vi