Requires Photography

Pia desideria emblematis

Illustrated by Christoffel van Sichem II (Dutch, about 1581–1658), After Boetius à Bolswert (Netherlandish, 1580–1633), Author Hermann Hugo (Flemish, 1588–1629), Printer Henri Aertssens (Flemish, 17th century)

Place of Publication: Antwerp, Belgium

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet III, 366; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, XXVII, p. 45, no. 40; Praz p.377, Landwehr, Dutch Emblem Books, 104b, Funck p. 257, 338.


Overall: 12.8 x 9.2 x 3 cm (5 1/16 x 3 5/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with woodcut title page and 48 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Antwerp: Henri Aertssens, 1628) 16mo; 244 leaves; contemporary vellum, ochre cloth box.

Emblematic and religious illustrations featuring child-like figures and angels.

Antwerp: Henri Aertssens, 1628


E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., Ltd., from whom purchased by MFA, March 19, 1980.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund