1656 THE WEDDING PARTY engraving after Adriaen van de Venne for Jacob Cats - Social Science


Fine, complex and comical depiction of a Wedding Party with nymphs family and the ‘ever present’ Death among the guests. 

Engraving after Adriaen van de Venne for J. Cats for his “Buyten Level op Zorgvliet” published in 1656.

24.3 x 17.2 cm

Fine copper engraving. Text to verso.

Adriaen van de Venne (1589 – 12 November 1662), was a versatile Dutch Golden Age painter of allegories, genre subjects, and portraits, as well as a miniaturist, book illustrator, designer of political satires, and versifier. From 1620 until his death van de Venne made many grisailles and engravings of genre subjects, featuring peasants, beggars, thieves and fools as illustrations of current proverbs and sayings, mostly by Jacob Cats. This work made him famous during his lifetime, and remained popular throughout the 18th century after his death.

Attribution of the engraver is a little more difficult as few engravings after Venne were signed, although it is believed most were completed by J. Swelinc, I. Matham, Wil. Hondius, C. v. Quiborne, D. v. Bremden & possibly others.