Great Lion

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Dutch (Antwerp, Netherlands 1565 - 1629 The Hague, Netherlands)
Great Lion, c. 1590
16th century
Engraving on antique laid paper
sheet: 25 x 33 cm (9 13/16 x 13 in.)
frame: 39.7 x 49.8 cm (15 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
NH 170 (De Gheyn, family prints)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Fund for the Acquisition of Prints Older than 150 Years
, 2009.46
Latin inscription: Ad prosternendum, se docet esse feram. / En leo magnanimus, vigilanti mente recumbens, / verberet ut caudam, tollat ut ipse iubas. Nec fugiens, nec quem metuens, sed promptus et acer

Translation: About to lie down, he teaches himself to be wild. Behold the noble lion, who is reclining, but his mind is still vigilant, as he lashes his tail and raises its
mane. He does not run away, and is not afraid of anything, but sharp and ready.

Daniel Margocsy
23 January 2009
inscription: l.l printed: IDGheyn. fe. (I, D, and G interlaced)
inscription: l.r. printed: IBosscher. excu. (I and B interlaced)
inscription: Latin text in margin around the oval, signed: HiR (H, i, and R in monogram) Heyman Jacobi)
Susan Dackerman, ed., Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, exh. cat., ed. Susan Dackerman Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2011), cat.43 p.204-205, repr.

Exhibition History
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/06/2011 - 12/10/2011, 43; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, 01/17/2012 - 04/08/2012, 43