loading page

Loading the page ...

Crispijn de Passe the Younger

(1594/95 Cologne - 1670 Amsterdam)

In Praise of Marriage. Engraving. 19.3 x 24.7 cm. Hollstein 10 II

In this work Crispijn de Passe the Younger conveys a charming impression of marital and family harmony. A peasant family has gathered for lunch in the open air, the grapevine growing up the gable wall of their house suggesting fertility and a love of life. In the background a wedding procession headed by a drummer is making its way towards a little chapel. De Passe used the print as a symbol of good marriage; it gives visual expression to such ethical values as the family, love and fidelity. The four-line Latin caption extols the benefits of matrimony, thus underlining the message communicated in the picture. As Huigen Leeflang, curator of the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, has pointed out, this work is a rare example of a positive interpretation of the peasant genre. Depictions of everyday peasant life had previously been associated with such vices as alcoholism, violence and ignorance, but de Passe provides an interpretation of rural life which is positive in a moral sense. The engraving, published by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, serves as a pendant to another engraving entitled Warning against Adultery (Hollstein 11), which shows a couple engaged in a passionate kiss together with a monkey under a tree - a reference to the negative effects of an immoral life. A superb, slightly tonal and even impression with thread margins, trimmed to the platemark at the bottom, with wide margins. Minor ageing, otherwise in excellent condition. From the collections of the Fürstlich Waldburg Wolfegg’sches Kupferstichkabinett (Lugt 2542a), E. Fabricius (Lugt 847a, 919ter) and Philipp Herrmann (Lugt1352a).

Contact us for further information