The Pastry Baker

Book Title: Spiegel van het menselyk bedryf : vertoonende honderd verscheiden ambachten, konstig afgebeeld en met godlyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen verryke / door Jan en Kasper Luiken

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: The Pastry Baker

Scripture Reference:

Description: The pastry baker is in the process of rolling out a sheet of dough. He has turned around to talk to his apprentice who carries a large pastry trimmed with the head and the tail feather of a peacock. In the window, several pastries are displayed and plucked game birds hang suspended by their feet. The Dutch artist and poet Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing this emblem and for creating the motto and poem that follow. Jan Luiken and/or his son Casper Luiken (1672-1708) were responsible for its etching. The attendant scripture text is Amos 6:6-7.

Today beautiful,
Tomorrow fodder.

The wedding feast is being prepared,
As food of vanity
Yet tomorrow the joy has vanished:
But if thy heart had ears,
One would know of a feast of eternal good,
To which God’s love beckons us.

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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