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Ionica, from Theatrum Vitae Humanae (The Ages of Man)

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper, with letterpress.
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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper, with letterpress.




Jan Wierix
Flemish, 1549–c. 1618

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Jan Wierix


Ionica, from Theatrum Vitae Humanae (The Ages of Man)


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving on ivory laid paper, with letterpress


Lettered, lower center: "IH.W / an. 32 usque ad an. 48." and "Ionica 3 / Hinc brevis ... Preside leges"; and below plate, in letterpress: "Den Manlijchen Ouderdom ... sa benediction."


Plate: 21.2 × 27.2 cm (8 3/8 × 10 3/4 in.); sheet: 27.3 × 35.2 cm (10 3/4 × 13 7/8 in.)

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Charles Hack and the Hearn Family Trust Collection, purchased with funds provided by the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial, Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston, anonymous, and Suzanne Searle Dixon endowment funds

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