The Wise Owl

Cornelis Bloemaert (Dutch, 1603–1684)


Catalogue Raisonné

Le Blanc 319

Dimensions

Sheet: 22 x 18 cm (8 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

55.934

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Within plate, bottom margin: "Wat baetkeers off bril, als den WL niet sien en Wil." ("What good is candle or glasses when the owl does not wish to see."); on prayer: "It concerns profit"; in Bible: "Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal."; below owl, above margin: "H. Bloemaert pinx. C. Bloemaert Sculpt excud."

Markings

Watermark present
Lugt 282 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Credit Line

George Reed Nutter Fund