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MUNDUS VULT DECIPI
A soldier is standing in the center being mocked by seven personages surrounding him, three on the left and four on the right respectively. The inscription above reads 'MUNDUS VULT DECIPI', meaning that 'the world wants to be deceived'; this soldier, then, is being deceived by these grotesque figures. On the background a landscape with a village on the top of the hill. This same plate was reused in 1720 in 'Tafereel der Dwaasheid' as nr. 67, where lines of text are added as dialog between the personages. Signed on the bottom: 'P. Q. delin.'; 'C.L. sculp.'; 'Carolus Allard excudit cum privil: / Ord: Holl: et West fr:'. Lettered in French at the feet of the soldier:'Voici le Guerrier, object de raillerie / De la sagesse et non pas moins de la folie. / Courage feminin anime le heros, / Et en temps de danger ne se tient en repos. / L'Urinal, que voilá, indique les miseres, / Qui même aux innocens arrivent à la guerre.' On the bottom verses in Dutch:'Diogenes ontstak bij dag-licht zijn Lantaren, / En om te zoeken waar recht-schapen menschen waren, / Quam op de Markt, daar volk van alle soorten stond, / Die hij, elk na haar aard, berispend heeft doorgrond. / De Wijsgeer, bezig om den waaren mensch t'ontdekken, / Bevond de Waereld valsch, en voorst een Kooy vol Gekken.' Engraving on paper with small margins; platemark: 300 x 382 mm; total: 317 x 390 mm; paper evenly yellowed. PALL01
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