Pippa Rossi, some remarks on Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne

As an artist making illustrations for coloring books I have an interest in the illustration throughout time. In the pipparossi.com blog we will explore some illustrations from the past. Each post will describe a different artwork.

Today we exhibit Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne, a Dutch Golden Age painter living from 1589 till 1662. He is an artist of genre paintings, allegories, book illustrator and designer.

Pippa Rossi exhibits Van de Venne

It Takes Strong Legs to Carry Luxury

paper, h 501mm × w 409mm.

Being short of money may be unpleasant, but having too much of it causes its own problems. This drawing is a literal illustration of an Old Dutch saying, which translates as: ‘It takes strong legs to carry luxury’. Moral strength is needed to be able to support the burden of worldly riches.

 

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