The Fate of the Evil Tongue

about 1507
Nicoletto da Modena (Italian, active 1500–1512)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hind V.p107-140.33; Bartsch, xiii, 276, no.37.

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 295 x 206 mm (11 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.);

Accession Number

M28181

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The phrase “lingua pravorum peribit” is taken from Proverbs 10:31. The full verse reads “os iusti parturiet sapientiam lingua pravorum peribit,” or “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.” [NRSV]

Inscription

In image, on second step of platform: LINGVA PRAVORVM PERIBIT [Proverbs 10:31]

Signed

Signed in the plate on foremost pillar of the portico in centre: "NIC MVT".

Markings

Verso, lower left corner, stamped in red ink: Mark J.P. Hesseltine, Lugt 1508; lower right, stamped in purple ink: Mark of James Reiss, Lugt 1522.

Provenance

James Reiss, (1812-1899, Manchester), Lugt 1522; J.P. Hesseltine, (1843-1929, London), Lugt 1508 (sale of June 3-5 1935 - Sotheby London?); PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 11/1/1920 [exact to month]

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund