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[The Exchange of Arrows between Death and Cupid].

A Paris : Chez P. Landry, rüe St. Jacques a St. François de Sales ..., [approximately 1665-1701]

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  • Title:
    [The Exchange of Arrows between Death and Cupid].
  • Publisher Info.: A Paris : Chez P. Landry, rüe St. Jacques a St. François de Sales ..., [approximately 1665-1701]
  • Physical Desc.: 1 print : engraving, etching ; 47.5 x 71.8 cm.
  • Summary: Seated at the base of a tree in a forest, an old man presses the hand of a young woman, without noticing that he has already set foot in his grave. A monkey wearing spectacles has discovered coins in the old man's purse.
    A related story unfolds in the background. It involves Death and Cupid, who according to a moral tale by Aesop (Fable CXXXII), once mistakenly swapped their arrows. As a result those mortals aimed at by Death, like the old man in this case, fall in love, and those targeted by Cupid, like the young man slumped against a tree at right, die.
  • Language: French
  • Notes: The composition is derived from a design by David Vinckboons known in an anonymous print (Hollstein 11), that was formerly attributed to Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert (Hollstein 318). Pierre Landry has reversed Vinckboons' composition, modified the gestures and costumes of the figures and the lettering in the captions, adapting them to a French audience. Another smaller version published by Pierre Landry is listed in BN. Estampes. IFF, 333. Both versions may have been not only published, but also possibly been engraved by Landry.
    Title from Hollstein, 318.
  • Form/Genre: Prints -- France -- 17th century
    Etchings -- France -- 17th century
    Engravings -- France -- 17th century
    Allegories -- France -- 17th century
  • Subjects: Death -- Humor Old age -- Humor Youth and death Aesop's fables
  • Contributors: Landry, Pierre, approximately 1630-1701, publisher. Bolswert, Boëce van, approximately 1580-1633. Vinckeboons, David, 1576-1629.
  • Collection: Prints collection (Getty Research Institute)
  • ID/Accession Number: 3006958
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 819469329
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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