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in image, at lower left: B. Sprangers inuen.; in image, at bottom left: Amplissimis prudentissimisque Reip: Antverpien Consulibus et / Senatoribus, Dominis et Patronis suis plurimùm colendis: / quò ergà Patriam et pueritiae suae altricem, et Artium / liberalium cultricem, aliquo modo gratum memoremque se / praestet, Bartholomaeus Spranger S. C. M. Pictor et . / Senatûs deditissimus Cliens dicat consecratque. DDDXCVII. / Joannes Mullerus Sculpsit.; below image: Postquám Barbaries tractus populata feracis / Florentes Asiae florentesque Helladis oras, / Africam et ardentem, magnam Europaeque potentis / Inuasit partem, multo truculentior ausu: / Pictura, artifici Sculpturaque, culta Lysippo, / Archi-què-tectura, vultu praecone venustae / Tres Nymphae, Comites indiuiduaeque sorores, / Contemptae prorsùs, per nubes Palladis almae / Se suasu profugae seruant: quas propria Fama / Detinet, ac afflans Zephyrus, dum paret Amori, / Aurâ sustentat, donec diro hoste fugato, / Auspicijs Iouis, obtineant sua pristina Regna.

Provenance

(Associated American Artists, New York); Ruth Kainen, Washington, D.C., purchased September 24, 1989; Gift to NGA, 2012.

Exhibition History
2013
Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection, NGA, 2013 - 2014.
Bibliography
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger: no. 72, ii/iii
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. (The Muller Dynasty, Jan Piet Filedt Kok, author). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 76, iii/iii
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