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Hope

Spes

about 1559
After Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (Netherlandish, about 1525–1569), Published by Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, 1510–1570)


Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 133; Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish), vol. III, 133

Dimensions

Sheet: 22.6 x 29.1 cm (8 7/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.1078.2

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

In plate, beneath the figure of Hope: SPES; lower left: BRVGEL.INV; lower right: cock excu.; in margin below image, lower left to right: IVCVNDISSIMA EST SPEI PERSVASIO, ET VITAE IMPRIMIS/NECESSARIA, INTER TOT AERVMNAS PENEQz INTOLERABILES. [Very pleasant is the conviction of hope and [it is] most necessary for life, amid many and almost unbearable hardships]

Signed

Not signed

Markings

No watermark; verso, MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 3199/2/7; in graphite: C19787 [Colnaghi inventory number]; Van Bast 133; 30

Provenance

May, 1930, C.G. Boerner sale, Leipzig (lot 174); May, 1930, purchased from that sale through Colnaghi (London dealer) by the MFA.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund