Monday, September 13, 2010

Two or Three Things I Know...

Willem Jacobsz Delff, Portrait of Frederick Hendrick, Prince of Orange-Nassau, 1619, Engraving printed on silk satin (Image found on
Gerrit van Honthorst, Frederick Hendrick, Prince of Orange, with His Wife Amalia van Solms and Their Three Youngest Daughters, 1647 (Image found on
Workshop of Honthorst, Frederick Hendrick, Prince of Orange, 1650, Oil on canvas (Image found on wikipedia) -- searched for portrait of frederick hendrick, school of honthorst.
Big Fish Eat Little Fish, 1557
Pieter van der Heyden after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, active by 1551, died 1569)
Engraving; first state of three

9 x 11 5/8 in. (22.9 x 29.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917 (17.3.859)
One of the most haunting of Bruegel's images, Big Fish Eat Little Fish is among the first of the artist's many treatments of proverbs in paintings or prints. The image reveals many small and large fish tumbling out of the mouth of an enormous beached fish. A small, helmeted figure with an oversized knife slices open the big fish's belly, revealing even more marine creatures. Land, air, and water seem to be overrun by an odd assortment of real and fantastic fish, while in the foreground a man, accompanied by his son, gestures toward the scene. The meaning of his gesture is conveyed in the Flemish inscription below, which translates: "Look son, I have long known that the big fish eat the small." This vernacular form of the ancient Latin proverb, which appears in majuscule lettering just above, relates to the theme of a senseless world in which the powerful instinctively and consistently prey on the weak. That the son understands the lesson is apparent from his gesture toward the other man in the boat, who has extracted a small fish from a larger one. Bruegel's brilliant visualization of the proverb was first conceived as a drawing (Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina) that is signed by the artist and dated 1556. This engraving by Pieter van der Heyden, however, is signed in the lower left corner with the name Hieronymus Bosch, who had died in 1516. The print's publisher, Hieronymus Cock, was probably responsible for replacing Bruegel's name with that of the more famous and salable Bosch, who had, not coincidentally, a major influence on Bruegel.

Source: Pieter van der Heyden after Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Big Fish Eat Little Fish (17.3.859) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  Title: The Nieuwe BarneValschen Trade. Political cartoon on John of Oldenbarnevelt and remonstrants. Van Oldenbarnevelt en zijn trawanten staan links vooraan. Oldenbarnevelt and his cronies are front left. Rechts probeert ''Bedeckte Tirannie'' de Nederlandse Leeuw en Belgica met een vredestak te verleiden. Right tries Bedeckte Tyranny''''the Dutch Lion and Belgica with a peace branch to seduce. Rechtsboven schudt Maurits aan de grote zeef genaamd ''Hooch Nodich''. Maurice shakes right corner on the big screen called''Hooch''Nodich. In de lucht verdrijft Tijd de furieën Twist, Bedrog en Geweld. In the air expels the time furieën strife, deceit and violence. Linksboven de komeet. Top left the comet. De prent is gedrukt van een oude plaat uit 1598 (FM 1086D), aangepast aan de situatie in 1618. The print is printed from an old record from 1598 (FM 1086D) adjusted to the situation in 1618.
derision spotprent on the fall of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Right stands prince Maurits, earl Willem Lodewijk and earl seriousness Casimir, left members of Staten-Generaal to a screen where Van Oldenbarnevelt and two others, indicated as poison, doorheen falls. Seven provinces united above Justitia and the weapons of Maurits and the republic of the. Under show a text booklet with a long verse concerning three columns with the title Verclaringhe of IVSTITIA, Ende levendighe verthooninghe of t'ghene over many years gheschiet is stuck, as the ghene teghenwoordich gheschiet. The verse has been signed Jo Pean.
Portrait of Maurits, earl of Nassau, prince of orange, staande for a landscape in which at troops of the prince at Philippine landing. In the verte the city, for that the blockhouse (Grand Fort Philippe). Oval show with in the angles standards, some animals and all kinds of weaponry. Under the prent a Latin verse Hugo large.
Perseus and Andromeda. Allegory on the release of the Netherlands (Andromeda) prince Frederik Hendrik (Perseus). On water the vlammenspuwende sea monster (Spain). Show of a planned production on the water of the Damrak for the intocht of the Henrietta Maria, queen of United Kingdom, in Amsterdam 9 March 1642. 

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