Van Veen (1556-1629) Quarto - ‘Memento Mori” Inevitability of Death 1612
Otto van Veen (1556 - 1629); Engraved by his brother Gijsbert van Veen
Whether thou be rich and sprung from ancient Inachos [the first king of Argos], or dwell beneath the canopy of a heaven poor and lowly birth, it makes no difference: thou art pitiless Orcus' [Pluto's] victim. We are all being gathered to one and the same fold. The lot of every one of us is tossing about in the urn, destined sooner, or later, to come forth and place us in Charon's skiff for everlasting exile). The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book II, 3, lines 21-28.
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.