Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings
Otto van Veen ( 1556-1629) Quarto - Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived ! - 1612 - Emblematica
Otto van Veen ( 1556 - 1629); Engraved by his brother Gijsbert van Veen.
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today
'I have lived to-day; tomorrow let the Father fill the heaven with murky clouds, or radiant sunshine! Yet he will not render vain whatever now is past, nor will he alter and undo what once the fleeting hour has brought'. The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book III, 29, lines 41-48.
25.4 x 19.7 cm
Later hand colour.
Original from 1612.
Text to verso in Texts in Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Otto van Veen was a painter and humanist from Leiden who fled to the southern Netherlands in 1572 because of the political turmoil. In Liege he studied a few years under Dominicus Lampsonius, and then left for a five-year stay in Italy. After his return he settled in Antwerp. Vaenius always tried to maintain favour with the Court. Until the return of his pupil Rubens from Italy, he was the leading painter in Antwerp.
He worked for Rudolf II in Prague, was court painter of Alexander Farnese and Albrecht and Isabella. He was the most influential tutor of Pieter Paul Rubens. In his later years he produced emblem books, his first being Q. Horatii Flacci emblemata. His designs were mostly engraved by his younger brother Gysbrecht.
Gijsbrecht or Gijsbert van Veen was a Dutch Renaissance painter and engraver, the brother of Otto van Veen. Born in Leiden, he travelled through Italy as a young man and settled in Brussels, where he died.