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[HUBY, Vincent].
L'estat d'un homme vivement penetré du regret des ses pechés et de douleur d'avoir offence Dieu.
Paris: P[ierre] Gallays, [n.d., c, 1682. Large engraved plate with contemporary handcolouring, plate size 570 × 440 mm, sheet size 680 × 500 mm). Slight fraying to uncut margins at head and foot, old lateral fold, otherwise in excellent state for a large format print of this type. An exceptional (and exceptionally rare) seventeenth-century devotional image depicting the battle in the heart between good and evil. This is an emblem of repentance in which the male subject looks down in tears upon an enlarged heart, in which the dove of the holy spirit is surrounded by tongues of fire and tears and personifications of the vices are driven outwards: a peacock (pride), ram (luxury), pig (gluttony), tortoise (sloth), leopard (anger), snake (envy) and a toad (avarice). An angel presides at the top left bearing a bible and crucifix, while the devil flees to turns his back and flees to the bottom right. It is one of twelve illustrations on the States of Man (or, Tableaux énigmatiques ou d'Images morales) conceived by the Jesuit Vincent Huby (1608-1693) for use in religious retreats and published in Paris in 1682 by Pierre Gallays. These large printed placards were used specifically for instruction at week-long Jesuit retreats for lay-people. They were exhibited singly or in pairs, while an instructor explained the significance of the emblem. 'The arguments dealt with the phases of the spiritual life--and its dangers--based on concrete examples taken from everyday life. The order of presentations varied with the director of Exercises. Those relating to the good and paradise were often … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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